Stall-holder Emma swells cancer charities’ coffers

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KIND-HEARTED youngster Emma Rae played her part in helping to raise vital money for three cancer charities by selling second-hand books and DVDs at a garden party.

Seven-year-old Emma, of Forfar Road, in Hartlepool, set up a stall at the Macauley Road garden party which was organised by Labour councillor Paul Beck at his home to raise money for the ceremonial mayor of Hartlepool’s three nominated cancer charities.

Overall, more than £360 was raised which will go towards the mayor’s nominated charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group and the Denise Taylor Cancer Fund.

It is a cause close to the heart of Coun Paul Beck, who represents the Hart Ward, after he tragically lost his son Darren Beck to cancer two years ago in August.

Darren, who was aged 37, was diagnosed with throat cancer but the disease spread to his spine and brain.

Coun Beck, who said his son was very brave throughout his battle, also reserved praise for the support Darren and the family received from Macmillan nurses.

Coun Beck said: “The garden party and barbecue were a huge success and the turnout from residents was excellent.

“It never ceases to amaze me the generosity of the good people of Hartlepool.

“This event was deeply personal to me and my wife Mary due to losing Darren to cancer two years ago.

“I would like to give a big thank you to all who came along and supported the event.

“I would like to give a personal mention to young Emma Rae, who at just nine-years-old raised over £20 selling books and DVDs.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our ceremonial mayor whose tireless work in the community is a shining example to all.

“We raised over £360 in total which will go to the mayor’s three cancer charities. Every single penny counts towards these extremely good causes.”

Councillor Beck is a former personal chef to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace from 1982 and 1986.