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Schoolgirls’ sponsored silence raises £1,800 in aid of cancer support service

PUBLISHED: 08:14 27 July 2015

From left, Sue Chainey, volunteer at the John le Vay Cancer Information Centre, Christine Bickers, Hilary Wilson, Lucie and Freya

From left, Sue Chainey, volunteer at the John le Vay Cancer Information Centre, Christine Bickers, Hilary Wilson, Lucie and Freya

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Two Suffolk schoolgirls have raised more than £1,800 for a cancer support service at Ipswich Hospital after undertaking a 24-hour sponsored silence challenge.

Lucie Jenkins, whose mum Briony has secondary breast cancer, and friend Freya Howlett set themselves a target of making £1,600 ahead of the silence last month – but funds soon rushed in and they ended up with a total of £1,830.11.

The funds will go towards the work of the hospital’s Macmillan Family Support Worker, Hilary Wilson, and her colleague Christine Bickers, a CLIC Sargent social worker, who both support families when there is a cancer diagnosis in a child or adult.

Speaking after handing over the cheque, Lucie, of Harkstead, said: “I didn’t think we would be able to reach our target – it was so much money. But we did and it’s unbelievable what a sponsored silence could achieve.

“Hilary has helped me a lot in coping with my mum’s cancer so I wanted to do something in return to help her.”

Freya added: “Amazing, I never thought we would raise so much.”

Briony was treated for breast cancer six years ago, but she now has secondary breast cancer and is on medication.

She said: “I am so very proud of what Lucie and Freya have achieved and overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who has donated. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to friends and family for their support, both with the fundraising and with our fight against cancer.”


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