Families join forces to raise cash for cancer charities

SISTERS-in-law Charlotte Pattle and Emma Smith are women on a mission - they have already walked 100 miles to raise money for cancer charities and are still fighting to reach their �3,000 target.

The pair completed the sponsored walk in Cornwall this summer. “It was brilliant, even though we had to battle through the wind and rain,” said Charlotte. “It was an amazing experience.”

Charlotte, 36, from Parson Drove, and Emma, 39, from Wisbech St Mary, decided to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support and the children’s cancer ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after Emma’s father, Peter Holt from Wisbech St Mary, died last year.

The son of one of Emma’s friends is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour at the Cambridge hospital, so it was decided that sponsor money would be split between the two charities. They have raised around �2,000 so far.

Emma said: “We are just two ordinary mums, but we wanted to do something to make a difference. it has been an amazing experience.”

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Fund raising has been a real family challenge, with Charlotte’s 11-year-old son Lucas Holt raising �588 by holding a garden fete. Lucas then joined forces with his cousins, 14-year-old Harrison Smith and Mitchell Smith, 12, and step sisters Brenna, 16, and Rhianne Holt, 14, to complete a 10-mile sponsored walk in Norfolk. They raised �530 in memory of their grandad.

A 12 hour Craftathon held at Parson Drove raised �80, and a series of Come Dine with Me evenings have already raised �130.

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The next fund raising event is a country music evening at March Braza Club on Thursday August 16, starting at 8pm. Entry costs �6 on the door.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the family’s fund raising efforts can do it through www.justgiving.com/Charlotte-Pattle

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