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4Q Cancer fund-raisers present cheque to the palliative care unit at Wansbeck hospital

Thursday, 11 February, 2016
4Q Cancer fund-raisers present cheque to the palliative care unit at Wansbeck hospital

Local fund-raisers have presented staff at Wansbeck hospital with a cheque for £6,824.03.

The money was raised by Mark Baxter of 4Q cancer and fellow fundraisers through a range of activities. This included a gala fundraising evening held at the Gosforth Marriot in November, the sale of 4Q cancer hoodies and t-shirts, fund-raisers taking part in the total warrior event, three peaks challenge and support from Elite Fitness in Cramlington.

Last year, Mark launched a new clothing line selling hoodies and t-shirts with the slogan 4Q cancer. Mark, who runs the Copper Kettle in Ashington, was inspired after his wife Claire’s battle with cancer following her diagnosis nine years ago. Claire is now in remission after treatment, however, the couple have seen other family members and friends be less fortunate in fighting the disease.   

Mark said: “Cancer affects almost everyone at some point in their lives and everyone you speak to has their own personal story. I chose to support the palliative care unit at Wansbeck hospital because I wanted to support a small local charity where the money will directly benefit patients and the staff do a brilliant job.”

Mark also helped with a football fundraiser ‘Match for Margaret’ held during the summer in memory of former nurse, Margaret Stewart, which raised just over £3,000 so in total has helped to raise £10,000 for the unit.

Ward manager, Marie Duke said “What Mark and his fellow fund-raisers have achieved is fantastic and we really appreciate all of the effort that has gone into fund-raising.  The ward treats patients nearing the end of life and we always strive to provide the best possible care. This donation will help to provide the extras that make such a difference. Our warm thanks go to Mark and everyone who has kindly supported the unit.“

Mark has set himself the ambitious target of raising £100,000 to be split between 10 different local cancer charities and is now planning to raise money for palliative care at Blyth hospital with 4 people attempting a 300 mile bike relay over 24 hours around Northumberland scheduled for Easter, a triathlon planned for August and a 4Q Cancer and NETS charity ball planned for 18th November at the Gosforth Marriott. 

For more information and to support Mark’s fundraising tweet @4QCancer, visit the 4QCancer facebook page or contact the Copper Kettle at 7 Lintonville Terrace, Ashington.

The donation was made to Bright Northumbria which is the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The charity aims to provide the extras that aren’t provided through regular NHS funding. For further information contact Bright Northumbria 0191 203 1354

Fund-raisers (wearing hoodies from left-right) Paul Balance, Russell Tait, Angie Williamson from Nets Cancer, Mark Baxter and Ian Hart pictured with palliative care staff.