Night of fun boosts charity coffers

Diane and Tony Morton hand their cheque for �2143.50 to Cancer Connection's Deborah Roberts.
Diane and Tony Morton hand their cheque for �2143.50 to Cancer Connection's Deborah Roberts.

A night of music and fun has helped boost the coffers of South Tyneside charity Cancer Connections.

Tony Morton set about organising the event, held at the Cleadon Club in South Shields, as a way of saying thank you to the cause for supporting his wife Diane.

The couple were signposted to the charity as they sought support for Diane who has been diagnosed with cancer three times in the past four years.

The night, which included a disco and 114 raffle prizes - donated by local companies and friends - raised £2,143.50p

Mr Morton said: “We hadn’t really heard of Cancer Connections until someone mentioned it to us.

“We visited the charity and got to know everyone there and they gave us a lot of support - they were really nice.

“My wife has had cancer three times in the past four years and since becoming involved in Cancer Connections, they have been really good to us.

“We both wanted to do something to say thank you for all their help and support and to give something back.

“I’ve done charity bikes rides for the past 11 years but some of the lads weren’t able to make it this time and I wanted to do something different.

“I never thought I would raise as much as I did.”

Mr Morton added: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes for the night.

“We had some fantastic prizes donated including spa days at Slaley Hall and Lindon Hall ,both based in Northumberland.”

Cancer Connections in Harton Lane, South Shields, provides advice and support to people diagnosed with cancer and their families.