A TEENAGER’S first attempt at raising money to help child cancer victims proved a winner.
Hannah Emmerson, 19, of Woodcock Road, Flamborough, said she couldn’t believe her charity weekend of activities centred on the Viking Hotel in Flamborough, brought in more than £6,000.
“It was much more than I expected and I want to thank everyone who contributed and suppored us,”said Hannah.
The money is being shared equally between The Sick Childrens Trust and Candlelighters.
Hannah, a former Headlands School student, decided to try and organise the event to say thanks to both charities who had helped her little brother George, 5, and her family through an ordeal.
Last February he was diagnosed as having leukaemia and underwent hospital treatment in Leeds.
Now, he is in remission.
George, who goes to Flamborough Primary School, still has to have daily oral chemotherapy at home and once a month intravenously in hospital for the next two years.
Helped by parents Richard and Johanne, Hannah’s week end included 15 sponsored leg waxers, a prize raffle and grand auction, karaoke, a sponsored dip in the sea at North Landing and a car boot sale.
Also helping on the day was her elder sister April, 21, a member of the Royal Navy based in Portsmouth, who was able to travel home for the event..
Hannah is now planning more fund raising activities later this year. “We have kept the account open and we had quite a few donated raffle and auction items left over, we had more than we needed, so we will be able to make use of them at a later stage,” said Hannah.
George has also now a finalist in the Child of Achievement category of Yorkshire Coast Radio’s Heroes awards, and will be at the final in Scarborough tomorrow evening. **Friday April 15.**