A CHARITY beetle drive was held in aid of a teenage cancer charity, after a Tean youngster was recently diagnosed with sarcoma.
Close to two hundred guests enjoyed a ‘fast and furious game of beetle’, an informal meal and a disco in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, after 16-year-old Eleanor Oldroyd decided to raise awareness of the cause and the support it provides for teenagers when she was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.
The event, held at Checkley Community Centre, raised thousands in Eleanor’s name for the trust.
After an evening of a ‘fast and furious game of beetle’ the night was rounded off with a disco.
Tea, coffee and cakes were served with a soup and sweet supper.
Lesley Faux, organiser of the beetle drive, said: “The evening was really fantastic.
“Everyone had fun and we’ve raised £1,500 so far, with gift aid totals still to tot up.
“Eleanor’s mum and I are friends, we both teach at Sunday school, and she attended and was delighted with how it all went.
“Everyone enjoyed the meal and we had 170 people attending.
“It was an informal meal with soup and a sweet. People gave very generously to the raffle.
“Eleanor’s dad will be holding the next fund-raiser in Alton and her uncle is planning a number of activities.”
Trish Oldroyd, Eleanor’s mother, said: “We are really grateful to Lesley for arranging it and all the hard work and effort that has gone into it has been great.
“She is a busy lady herself and has done really well to organise it.
“We are very much appreciative of all the support we have had from the local community.”
Heather Bowen, regional fund-raising manager for the trust, said: “We are not a massive charity and all fund-raising helps enormously as we find a lot of people only learn about the Teenage Cancer Trust when they need us.