UTTOXETER sisters who lost both their granddads to cancer have joined friends in a similar situation to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.
Kerry Morgan, of Lightfoot Road, and Lucy Spendlove, of Ashbrook Close, have raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK with Shining Stars, which includes 10 friends and family members.
The women lost one granddad to non-hodgkin’s lymphoma and the other to a brain tumour but it was the loss of a family friend last year which brought it to the forefront.
Miss Spendlove, 31, said: “Everyone in the group has lost someone to cancer.
“The last person we lost was a friend of the family just before Christmas who was only 49 and had ovarian cancer.
“We needed something positive to focus on so we did Race for Life in June and started doing some fund-raisers to raise more cash.”
So far the group has raised money through a karaoke night with a pie and pea supper, cake sales, a family fun day and the Race for Life as well as planning a curry and quiz night at Christmas.
Mrs Morgan, 32, said: “The groups helps us to deal with cancer as everyone has been through the same thing.
“We have only just started but we hope it will get bigger and we will hold more events.”
The next major fund-raiser for the group will be a charity car wash from noon on October 5 at The Bramshall Inn, in Stone Road.
The scouts will be joining the group to wash cars for £5 each.
Miss Spendlove added: “It is a good way to get your car cleaned while raising money for a good cause.
“The owner of the Bramshall Inn is kindly letting us use his facilities for the day free of charge and has been very supportive helping to organise the event.”
Landlord Justin Kelly added: “We have a history of holding charity events and it is central to what we do.
“We are a community pub so they are absolutely welcome to use the facilities.”
The group will also be doing the Twilight Race for Life on October 19 in a bid to raise more funds.
Anyone wanting to sponsor the group can do so by visiting www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/shiningstars13
People wishing to join Shining Stars can do so by visiting the Facebook page.