Store hits £2,000 fundraising target for cancer charity

Staff at Downham Market Tesco are taking part in the Race for Life. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Staff at Downham Market Tesco are taking part in the Race for Life. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Staff at the Tesco store in Downham Market have been hosting a series of fundraising activities in memory of their colleague's son who passed away from cancer.

Daniel Everett, 29, who lost his battle with cancer at the end of last year. Staff from the Tesco st

Daniel Everett, 29, who lost his battle with cancer at the end of last year. Staff from the Tesco store in Downham Market are running the Race for Life at Houghton Hall in his memory. - Credit: Archant

The team are hosting the events to remember Daniel Everett, the son of their colleague Debbie Everett - the 29-year-old lost his battle with cancer at the end of last year.

Their original goal was to raise £2,000 for Cancer Research UK but they have already reached their target and are now aiming to collect £3,000 for the charity.

Ms Everett said: 'Cancer is a disease that touches so many, and I think people now realise it could be any one of us that it affects next.

'Losing my son was heartbreaking. But I want something good to come of this, and the fundraising may help someone else and their family in the future.'


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The fundraising activities have included a 'pink weekend' where the entire store dressed up in the colour with local country singer Mike Pye entertained shoppers. There was also a second hand book sale and raffle tickets are still on sale for a £60 hamper of treats.

Next month 80 members of the store's team and their loved ones will also run the Cancer Research Race for Life event at Houghton Hall.

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The male members of staff unable to attend the event have already cycled the distance of the course on exercise bikes to contribute to the cause in their own way.

Rhona Barber, the store's fundraiser, said: 'The Downham Market store may be a small store, but it means that we treat each other like family and we pull together for everyone.

'We did the same last year for another colleague because we care for each other and want to show our support.'

She added: 'Thank you to everyone who has helped us already reach our target of £2,000 by donating to the charity or supporting us in some way.

'Special thanks must go to Stagecoach East who have donated a double decker bus and a driver to take us to the Race for Life event.'

• Are you working on a fundraising initiative? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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