A GROUP of dedicated North-East women have pledged to raise money to improve care for cancer patients in their area.

The ladies of The Friendly Club, based in Crook, have chosen the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust’s “Excellence in Cancer Care” appeal as their charity for the year, and have organised a fundraising evening to help.

One member, who asked not to be named, said: “We chose this charity because everyone is affected by cancer in one way or another.”

The club has organised a fundraising evening on Tuesday, July 9, at 7pm, at St Andrew’s Church in Crook to raise money towards the appeal, which The Northern Echo is backing to mark its 150th anniversary as a campaigning newspaper in 2020.

The evening will feature a performance by the Rainbow Singers choir, from Spennymoor, as well as a raffle, a tombola, and refreshments. Tickets cost £5 each.

The Friendly Club, which was started more than 70 years ago as the Crook Mother’s Group, offers a place for retired women to socialise, enjoy different activities, hear from guest speakers, and support important causes. It meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at St Andrew’s Church, Dawson Street, in Crook.

For information or to buy tickets for the fundraising evening, contact chairwoman Marie Henderson on 01388 764311.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust’s charity manager, Pat Chambers, said, “We’re fundraising to extend the chemotherapy day unit at University Hospital of North Durham. 

"It’s great news for our patients that the treatments now available plus screening programmes and early diagnosis have resulted in unprecedented demand on the unit. The new unit will be much more spacious, offering patients the privacy and dignity they need to help them through their treatment."

  • If anyone is interesting in becoming a charity volunteer or in fundraising please get in touch on: 01325 743781, or email cddft.charity@nhs.net.

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