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Bishop Auckland car wash to help fight cancer
MOTORISTS are urged to dig deep and take their set of wheels along to a charity car wash next week which is part of a year-long crusade against cancer.
Soapycar.com at Tindale Crescent, near Bishop Auckland, will donate every penny it earns on Saturday, August 31 to Cancer Research UK.
The car wash is one of a series of events being organised by members of a book club, including Staindrop School English teacher Anne-Marie Dunn.
Mrs Dunn, of Newton Aycliffe, said: “We are a group of ten women and a lot of us turn 40 this year, we wanted to do something positive.
“A number of us have been affected by cancer, I lost my mam Joan Kelly to it 17 years ago, so we decided to raise money for various cancer charities and we’re aiming for £4,000.”
The campaign was launched at Mrs Dunn’s 40th birthday party on July 20 which raised £700 as people gave donations in lieu of gifts.
A friend and guest at the party, Mandy Humphrey, who runs the car wash and valet service, was keen to get involved.
Miss Humphrey, of High Etherley, said: “I want to support their efforts and do it in memory of my late sister, Debbie Taylor, who was my best friend.
“100 per cent of what is taken on the day will go to Cancer Research UK.”
Mrs Taylor died of skin cancer in 2005 and coincidentally had worked as a school cook at St Wilfrid’s Primary School, in Bishop Auckland, where Mrs Dunn’s late mother taught.
Over the next 11 months, the book club’s fundraising will include a Macmillan Coffee Morning, a charity bike ride by husbands and partners, a Christmas raffle and auction around February.
Mrs Dunn will take part in the Great North Run in aid of The Butterwick Hospice, in Bishop Auckland, and supporters can keep up to date with events and progress by searching for '£4000 to combat cancer' on Facebook.
The charity car wash will be at Soapycar.com, which can be accessed from the Starbucks and KFC roundabouts at Tindale Crescent, on Saturday August 31, 8.30am to 5.30pm.
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