Daniel’s Light, the Whaley Bridge-based charity raising money to fight leukaemia, moves on to nearly quarter of a million pounds, donated to the Christie Hospital in the last 18 years.
Joyce and John Shacklock, from Furness Vale, set up the charity in memory of their son Daniel, a victim of leukaemia at the age of 20. They handed over the latest cheque for £7,000 to Christie community officer Jacky Plant, bringing the grand total to £219,000.
The latest sum was raised from many coffee mornings and efforts by volunteers, and included £1,000 from this year’s charity blockbuster, the Mellor March, and £801 from a marathon run by one of Joyce’s near neighbours, Raj Mahardjan. He may only be about eight stone, but Raj – willed on by his wife Caroline – ran the 26 miles of the Greater Manchester Marathon 2013 in 3hr 39min 22sec, a personal best. Raj, 46, a member of the Goyt Valley Striders, is a valet porter at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. He was sponsored by the famous hotel, and supported by many staff there.
Jacky Plant, accepting the cheque, said: “They are wonderful people here, with big hearts.” And turning to Raj, she said: “That was a great contribution.”