Fundraiser honours cancer-hit daughter

Retired Librarian Carolyn Smith, a valued member of the Nuthall and Kimberley Cancer Research UK local committee has held her annual fundraising Garden Party as a special tribute to her beloved daughter Rebecca Davys who died of Cancer in 2006.

Family members including Carolyn’s first husband Trevor Davys,their son Edmund and her second husband Derek, hosted the event which brought out the best from their supporters who dug deep , helping her to raise a rewarding £2,000 for the cause.

Carolyn held her first fund-raising event for Cancer Research UK eleven- years- ago and despite going through the agony of seeing her daughter eventually succumb to the disease has raised in excess of £15,000 by her efforts.

“Unlike most families who have gone through the trauma of marital breakdown and serious illness, our families have rallied round and are the best of friends. Everyone is supportive of each other and when it comes to raising funds for Cancer Research UK they have all gone the extra mile.” said Carolyn.

Members of the Nuthall and Kimberley Cancer support group played their part in Carolyn’s latest fundraising efforts by helping her by running stalls and helping to prepare and to serve a wide variety of food.

Dr David Nunns, a Cancer Specialist at the City Hospital, who manned one of the stalls paid tribute to Carolyn and to her family...”I work with Cancer patients every day and it is a very demanding vocation. In the face of great adversity they have shown real determination and their fundraising efforts for the cause are truly admirable”.

Carolyn expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped her to raise such a wonderful amount...”Everyone has been so generous and it is heartwarming to know that we are all trying to do our best to beat this terrible disease by raising money for the invaluable research programmes that are ongoing”.