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We are extremely fortunate to have the support of hundreds of charity fundraisers from right across the North East and Cumbria, many of them individuals, and many part of larger groups and clubs.

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of joining South East Northumberland Pike Anglers Club at its ‘Final Countdown for Children’s Cancer North’ event, where we were presented with a cheque for £10,000.

This hugely generous donation to Children’s Cancer North is the culmination of two years of fundraising by the club and its members. The club chose to support Children’s Cancer North after learning that the grandson of one of its members was going through cancer treatment at the Great North Children’s Hospital. Another of the club’s members, Andy Eland – who alongside Dennis Fearon and Mike Bell (Regional Organiser of SENPAC) – has led the fundraising activity at SENPAC, was also successfully treated for cancer and wanted to give something back.

The club began fundraising for Children’s Cancer North in April 2022 with the ambition to raise £500. They surpassed that figure within a matter of days and continued to fundraise, hosting a range of events and activities – everything from auctions, raffles, tombolas, live entertainment and much, much more.

The club has received a huge amount of support from the sporting world, including from Graham Fairhurst, Director of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC); Michael Van Gerwen, who donated two signed framed tops for auction prizes; and from Newcastle United stars Joelinton Cassio Apolinario and Bruno Guimaraes, who also donated signed framed tops. More recently, the club auctioned a signed and framed Bayern Munich top from Harry Kane.

Mike Bell, SENPAC Regional Organiser, said: “We cannot thank people enough for the amazing support they have given us over the last two years, which has helped us raise this fabulous amount for Children’s Cancer North. The last few years have been hard for most, and spare cash has been difficult to find, but the public have just risen to the occasion to help us reach our goal.

“I would also like to thank the Phoenix Tap public house in Whitley Bay, the Holystone Bar and Restaurant in Holystone, West Moor social club, the Salutation public house in Billingham, and Lee Robinson for their continued support.”

The cheque presentation took place at the club’s ‘Final Countdown for Children’s Cancer North’ event at West Moor social club, which was attended by over 150 people. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when seven-year-old Nathan Cartwright – who inspired the fundraising campaign – presented the cheque to Heather Peacock from our charity. Nathan rang the bell at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle at the end of last year.

We are incredibly grateful to every single person that has donated to the club’s fundraising campaign. Because of your generosity, we will be able to continue supporting children and families in the North East and Cumbria affected by childhood cancer. Your money also allows us to invest in revolutionary research and clinical trials to make cancer treatments less harsh and more effective, and raise awareness of the disease; so more people understand its impact on young people and their families.

We’re delighted to say South East Northumberland Pike Anglers Club and its members are continuing to raise money for the charity and have set a new fundraising target of £20,000.

Mike continued: “We never thought we’d raise the amount of money we have, and the donations keep coming in. The support we’ve had has been unbelievable. It’s been a rollercoaster ride but we’re enjoying every second of it. We’ll continue to do everything we can to help the cause and support childhood cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria.”

If you would like to support the club’s fundraising campaign for Children’s Cancer North, please visit their official JustGiving page.

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