Successful start to fundraising goal

Caroline Hedley, Ellen Hogarth in cardboard form and Helen Kewer on the night.
Caroline Hedley, Ellen Hogarth in cardboard form and Helen Kewer on the night.

A fundraising evening organised by two sisters has raised more than £2,300 towards vital treatment for their mum.

In March this year, doctors detected a mass on Ellen Hogarth’s liver, and she was diagnosed with cancer.

The 64-year-old, from Blyth, was told the cancer was inoperable and was not treatable with chemotherapy.

Her daughters Helen Kewen and Caroline Hedley are now working to raise £9,700 to pay for treatment called SIRTS, which will hopefully reduce the tumour to a size which can then be operated on and removed.

Caroline said: “There is no way we can put a price tag on her life and not look at ways in which we can get her this treatment, she is the most kind, loving and caring wife, mother, grandma and friend and would do anything for anyone.”

Helen’s son Sam has created an online funding page which people can donate to, at www.gofundme.com/v58rm4mg and has so far raised £2,910 towards the treatment, and a fundraising evening held at The Seahorse in Blyth, raised a further £2,311.

Helen said: “The event was a complete success. The atmosphere throughout the whole evening was buzzing, and there was such a feeling of positivity, warmth and genuine care and support from all as each and everyone one of the guests that joined us knew they were helping us in raising funds for our Mam’s potentially life saving treatment.

“Thank you to everyone for everything from cash donations to raffle prizes from individuals and local businesses.”