Grantham family affected by cancer raises £110,000 for charity

Breast Cancer Now fund-raisers, from left, Rachel Deans, Louise Pulfrey, Christine Diggins and Barbara Green, after their walk on Hadrian's Wall. kYc4PXsGLcMGowv_NiLM
Breast Cancer Now fund-raisers, from left, Rachel Deans, Louise Pulfrey, Christine Diggins and Barbara Green, after their walk on Hadrian's Wall. kYc4PXsGLcMGowv_NiLM

A family affected by cancer has been inspired to raise more than £110,000 for charity over the past 12 years.

The fund-raising began after Christine Diggins was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent radiotherapy. Christine worked in a dress shop in Grantham which hired out hats and so the idea for a Ladies’s Ascot cheese and wine party was realised and the family raised £1,100 in 2004 as part of Breakthrough’s £1,000 challenge.

Christine’s niece Louise Pulfrey said the idea grew and the fund-raising hasn’t stopped.

The latest fund-raiser was a 28-mile walk along Hadrian’s Wall which Christine, Louise, sister Rachel Deans and auntie Barbara Green undertook and raised £3,000. The money goes to Breast Cancer Now, formerly Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and the walk was organised by the charity.

In the past Louise, her family and friends have organised numerous events included a number of balls at Belton Woods Hotel which have raised £7,000 or £8,000 each time.

Louise, who lives in Wilsford, said: “There is no pressure. Some years we have not raised anything. But every penny or pound is a penny or pound that Breast Cancer Now has not had before. By 2050 the charity is working towards the time when it hopes nobody will have to die from breast cancer.

“I have two boys and men can get breast cancer too and so I think the fact we are doing something that will help the next generation is amazing.”

Louise added: “Breast Cancer Now sent us a message when we reached £100,000. It’s incredible to think we have raised that amount of money. We are very conscious that we are asking the same people all the time when there are so many brilliant charities out there, but it’s always amazing when it happens. The people of Grantham have been so generous. We could not do it without them. We are really proud of our town.”

Christine was given the all clear five years after her diagnosis. A 1940s night was held to celebrate in Syston.

If you would like to make a donation to the cause go to www.justgiving.com/HW2016