‘Lily’s Rainbows’ raise hundreds in memory of grandmother

The family and friends at the charity event in Lily Allon's memory.

The family and friends at the charity event in Lily Allon's memory.

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A family fundraising team called Lily’s Rainbows has raised even more money for charity in their nana’s name.

Karly Milne, 25, and her family raised more than £500 for St Clare’s Hospice, in Jarrow, from their annual family fun day event in memory of grandmother Lily Allon.

Lily Allon.

Lily Allon.

The 87-year-old, of Brockley Whins, South Shields, died two years ago after being diagnosed with breast and lung cancer, and a brain tumour.

The great-grandmother was thought to have an infection when admitted to hospital, but was then found to have two tumours in her brain, one in her breast and one in her lung.

Her death left her family heartbroken, but determined to honour her memory, the family have continuously raised funds for the Primrose Terrace hospice which Lily used to support. Karly, from Brisbane Avenue, in South Shields, said: “We have held fundraising events since 2014 for the hospice because Lily loved the charity, as it cared for my grandad Jack Allon, who died in 1991.

“She has been fundraising for the hospice and for cancer charities for over 20 years, so we continued her fundraising efforts for St Clare’s in her memory under the name Lily’s Rainbows.

“The event was a great day, raising £500 for the charity, which we hope to combine with money raised from other events earlier this year to give the hospice around £1,000.”