£200k raised in memory of Mary

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 April 2015

Kev Knight, Sue Collard, Paul Cousins, Richard Gisford, Sarah Toms, Steve Ham and Helen Newby at the charity fundraiser.

Kev Knight, Sue Collard, Paul Cousins, Richard Gisford, Sarah Toms, Steve Ham and Helen Newby at the charity fundraiser.

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A WORLE mum has worked tirelessly to raise £200,000 in memory of her 11-year-old daughter who died of bone cancer.

Mary Collard.Mary Collard.

Sue Collard’s daughter Mary died in 2012 after a battle with the disease and ever since Sue has been fundraising and working to build up awareness of the importance of early diagnosis.

Sue and her friends have organised aerobics marathons, golf tournaments and more to keep Mary’s memory alive and raise cash for the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT), a charity which aims to improve the lives of people with primary bone cancer.

Sue has even been nominated for a Pride Of Britain award to recognise her hard work and she finally hit the £200,000 milestone at the weekend after holding a fundraiser at the Royal Hotel in Weston on Saturday. Guests enjoyed a three-course meal and more at the event.

Sue said: “The evening at the Royal Hotel raised £2,615. We had a casino and had the band Harrisen Larner-Main, which was brilliant.

“There were 144 people altogether.

“We all had a fun evening while raising money for BCRT and of course always remembering Mary.”

The fundraiser was the final push for Sue to reach her mammoth target. She said: “We hit £100,000 in Christmas of 2013 so we have done really well in the past year.”

But determined Sue has no intention of stopping yet. Sue’s next challenge will see her and 14 friends take on the London Marathon for BCRT.

She said: “The group are my friends from the gym. The BCRT has a certain number of places for the marathon and these guys have just been so supportive so we just thought it would be a bit of a challenge.

“Training is going well, we’re up to 20 miles now so that’s good.”

To sponsor Sue visit www.justgiving.com/Sue-Collard2015

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