£9,000 raised for cancer support charities by defiant West Yorkshire mum

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A brave mum-of-two has raised around £9,000 for a pair of Leeds charities following an 18-month cancer battle.

Rachel Drake, who is 41, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2014 but following intensive treatment has focused on fundraising for The Haven centre in Leeds and the Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Leeds St James’s Hospital.

Her family, including children, Samuel, 11, and Emelia, five, have helped her raise the funds which were recently boosted by a £4,000 donation from her employer, Willmott Dixon Construction in Gildersome.

Rachel, who lives in Bradford, said: “I wanted to give something back.”

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Early Morning Light on Harold Park with Swans in the foreground

The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals. In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round. To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.

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