Calendar helps Times cancer fund

A fundraising project launched two years ago by the Selby Times which was inspired by the courage of a woman with breast cancer has raised more than £6,000.

Gail Hepworth Journey of Hope Appeal was launched in 2002 by Selby Times , backed by Breast Cancer Care patron Cherie Blair.

The fund was launched with an appeal for sufferers and survivors of breast cancer to become the stars of a Victorian-themed glossy black and white calendar to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in the North.

It raised £3,624.75. Gail, a mother of two, died seven months after the calendar launch in June 2003.

The fundraising continued in her memory but former Selby Times chief reporter and appeal chairwoman Fiona Broomfield closed the appeal at the request of Gail’s widower David.

She said: “Gail touched the heart of every person she met and, through her determination even in very difficult times, has ensured she has touched many more as a result of the appeal.”

Broomfield, now a journalist at Atlas Media Group, has helped record and launch a Christmas single to raise money for a children’s hospice Martin House in Boston Spa,West Yorkshire.

Staff at Atlas came up with the idea of recording their own Christmas single as an alternative to a corporate Christmas card.

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