Nurse helps to boost cancer mum’s holiday fund

Nurse Karlie Davies  has raised �1,000 with help from staff for a work colleague who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, to enable her to take her family on holiday.
Nurse Karlie Davies has raised �1,000 with help from staff for a work colleague who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, to enable her to take her family on holiday.

A South Tyneside nurse has put her fundraising skills to the test to raise £1,000 to help a cancer-hit mum.

Karlie Davies was touched by the plight of work colleague Leanne Picken following her diagnosis of stage three breast cancer in January.

When I heard about what had happened and how she was trying to raise funds to take her children on holiday, I just thought she was already going through enough fighting the cancer without having this on top.

Karlie Davies

Mum-of-three Leanne was raising funds in a bid to have enough cash to take her children, Shay, nine, Jayden, seven and Hallie, five, on a trip.

Miss Davies, who works on Ward 3 at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields, said: “Leanne had been a student nurse on the ward before she moved to another after she qualified. That’s how I met her.

“When I heard about what had happened and how she was trying to raise funds to take her children on holiday, I just thought she was already going through enough fighting the cancer without having this on top.”

Miss Davies set a target of £600. However, within 12 days of fundraising, she’d managed to smash that target through donations, raffles and holding a bonus ball lottery.

A total of £1,000 was raised for the mum.

Miss Davies, added: “People have been so kind and generous. When they found out what I was doing, I received quite a lot of donations from the staff at the hospital, family and friends.

“I’m just really grateful to everyone who has helped.”

Miss Davies, who is no stranger to helping good causes through her fundraising efforts, is now gearing up to take part in the Great North Run and a zip wire at the Baltic in Gateshead for cancer charities.