Events in pipeline for dedicated children’s leukaemia charity

AFTER raising thousands of pounds for a children’s leukaemia charity, dedicated fundraisers are taking a summer break before beginning their efforts again in September.

The Samantha Jones Trust, based in Delph, recently donated £12,000 to the Bone Marrow Unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to fund a 3D Pain Distraction Unit.

Natalie and Keith with their medals after completing the Manchester 10k

This new equipment will provide comfort to children who are undergoing intensive and often painful treatment.

The money was raised through events, monthly indoor markets at the Civic Hall in Uppermill, and members of the committee completing the Great Manchester Run 10k in May.

Secretary Natalie Daniels and chairman Keith Jones stepped away from their market tables to run the streets of Manchester, raising £400.

Natalie said: “I completed the run in 1 hour 30 which feels like a miracle! Keith completed within an hour.

“It was a great day with high spirits and plenty of on lookers cheering us on the way round which was very much appreciated!”

Set up in 2004 in the memory of Keith’s daughter Samantha, the charity aims to help children who suffer from leukaemia and promote research into the causes and prevention of the disease.

The charity has also been supported by last year’s chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council, Cllr Nikki Kirkham, who donated £200 at the end of her fundraising year.

Natalie added: “We have now finished a run of our Indoor Sunday Markets and are having a well deserved rest until September.

“The markets continue to grow and we have new stalls every month with a range of goods, craft and food produce.

“These, along with our programme of events, enable us to keep helping fulfil requests for treats and specialist equipment for local children with leukaemia.”

They also have some awareness days coming up on July 14 at Tesco Huddersfield Road, August 9 at Tesco Greenfield and September 13 at Morrisons Rochdale.

Their next Sunday Markets will be held at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on September 16, October 14, November 18 and December 9. There is free parking and entry.

Donations to the charity can be made on their website: www.thesamanthajonestrust.com or by seeing the team at one of their events.

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