Help us spend Jane Tomlinson's £50,000

Charities across West Yorkshire could soon be in the money thanks to the legacy of cancer heroine Jane Tomlinson.

The YEP has teamed up with her appeal to give away 50,000 to good causes.

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Charities are now invited to apply for a share of the cash, raised for the appeal through events like the annual Leeds 10K Run For All.

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The Jane Tomlinson Appeal Big Charity Giveaway was launched today by Jane's daughter Rebecca, who has pledged to carry on her mum's good works.

Rebecca, 22, said: "Thanks to all those people who took part in our events, did fundraising for us or just made donations, we are lucky enough to have quite a bit of money to give away.

"And we want to hear from charities who can make good use of some of it.

"We'd especially like to hear from charities that work with children or cancer patients and their families - they are causes that were obviously close to mum's and to our hearts.

"They might particularly appeal to us, but we're not ruling anything out. There will probably be lots of good causes we have never heard of that could do with some financial help.

"Altogether, Jane's Appeal has raised about 3m and we've given lots to some of our partner charities like Macmillan and Martin House Children's Hospice.

"This is a chance for some smaller charities to get a share, too."

YEP editor Paul Napier said the Big Charity Giveaway was a great opportunity for good causes to get a much-needed boost.

Mr Napier said: "We're thrilled to be joining up with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to give 50,000 to deserving local charities.

"Jane was a tremendous inspiration during her life and people across the world took her to their hearts.

"Now her family are carrying on her legacy to raise millions for good causes.

"We're excited to be a part of that through the Big Charity Giveaway and I hope all those causes out there which could do with some help, especially during the current climate, will apply for cash."

The giveaway is open to all registered charities. Applications from children's and cancer charities are especially welcomed but all causes will be considered by a judging panel, including Rebecca and YEP editor

Paul Napier.

Jane died in September 2007 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. She made headlines around the world by completing a series of epic endeavours - including triathlons and a 4,000 mile bike ride across the USA - despite being terminally ill.

She raised more than 1.75m for charities and her family - husband Mike, 49, Suzanne, 25, Rebecca, 22, and Steven, 13 - pledged to carry on her legacy and, now, the appeal which bears her name stands at 3m.

To apply for an award from the Big Charity Giveaway, pick up a copy of the YEP and fill in the coupon, add your supporting details, and return to the address stated.

Winners will be informed in April with cash being distributed soon after.

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