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Pair overcome depression with fundraising drive
4:20pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A FARMER’S wife and a farm worker say they have battled back from depression by holding a series of fundraising events to help cancer sufferers.
Sandra Almond, 55, of Knayton, near Thirsk, and Duncan McClaren, 53, of nearby Nether Silton, raised a total of £520 at the Osmotherley Show, for which Mrs Almond is the treasurer, at the Wensleydale Show and by holding a quiz at the Dog and Gun pub, in Knayton.
Mrs Almond, who has lost 12 stone in the last year after a gastric sleeve operation in York Hospital which left her fighting for her life, said Mr McClaren had been sponsored to have his beard dyed while she had had her face painted.
She said their drive to raise funds for McMillan cancer nurses had given them both a focus to overcome their depression.
Mrs Almond said: “We are over the moon at having raised the money and it really has helped us to lift our spirits, we are so much more positive now.
“I am just so grateful to be alive and I am going to focus on fundraising for the rest of my life.”
The pair will hold a charity Mr and Mrs quiz at the Dog and Gun pub on October 19, at 8pm, and are also planning a race night to raise funds for York Hospital.
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