£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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