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Family ‘gobsmacked’ by £28,000 fundraiser for teenage cancer charity

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The family of a young woman who is in remission from cancer, raised over £28,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust at an event held at their home last month.

The King family from Beanacre, have now raised a total of £66,000 for the national charity, who offered support to them when their daughter, Holly, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September 2015 at the age of 19. 

“We now are aiming to reach £100,000,” said mother Terry, speaking to Melksham News.

The family started fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust after Holly went into remission following a stem-cell transplant in December 2016 – Holly’s brother, Jack, was the stem cell donor.

Other fundraising efforts have included ‘marathon’ walks of up to 100km by their mother Terry, and fundraisers by father and local roof contractor, Andy King, with  fellow members of the National Federation of Roof Contractors.

At their latest fundraiser, the family held an ‘Auction of Promises’ at their property in Beanacre, inviting friends and family to bid for prizes such as short breaks in the Algarve, Spain, Cornwall and Poland, a private tour of the Palace of Westminster, tickets to premiership football matches, and much more. The event also featured two raffles, a posh picnic for guests, Bollywood dancers, and a disco.

“We are completely gobsmacked by how much was raised,” said Terry. “We were hopeful for £15,000, so over £28,000 is amazing – and we are expecting that to rise as more donations are still coming in.

“We had around 150 people in attendance, mostly local people, but also some of Andy’s friends from the National Federation of Roof Contractors, where he is on the committee.

“We would like to say a thank you to everyone who came, bid and donated, and to our army of helpers. A special thank you to Steve Brooks our auctioneer, Anna Smith my catering right-hand woman, and Tracy Burns from the Teenage Cancer Trust who came along to represent the charity and help out.”

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