A MUM is thrilled after hitting her £5,000 target by collecting coppers for a good cause.
Sue Spires, of Kesteven Road, Stamford, launched her fundraising appeal Coppers for Cancer in October last year to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The campaign was launched in memory of Sue’s daughter Becky, who died in 2008 aged 18. She spent time being cared for at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at University College London during the year when she battled synovial sarcoma, a rare type of cancer which affected the soft tissue in her face.
Many businesses in the town backed the appeal by having purple collection boxes and there is a bucket in the Mercury office in Sheep Market, Stamford, for coppers.
Sue handed over a cheque for £5,000 to the East Anglia regional fundraising executive for the trust Laura Woodcock.
Sue, who has been running the appeal with her daughters Natalie Spires and Leah Hyde, said: “It feels quite emotional hitting the first target and I am very grateful to everyone who has helped us get here.
“It is very humbling to get donations from ladies who visit me at work and we still get regular phone calls from people asking us to collect their coppers.”
Laura Woodcock said: “It is fantastic that such a small idea has helped to raise so much money, which will help so many people.”
The trust has built a £2.9m unit at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, which will open in the new year.
Sue plans to continue fundraising and anyone who wants to donate coppers should call her on 07746588510.