Video: Leeds charities benefiting from Jane Tomlinson’s £7m fundraising legacy

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The list is a long one and includes good causes working throughout Leeds and beyond.

From St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown to the British Red Cross, scores of organisations and groups have received donations from the appeal set up in the name of the late cancer heroine Jane Tomlinson.

Jane Tomlinson Appeal staff celebrating the seven million milestone in Leeds's City Square.

Jane Tomlinson Appeal staff celebrating the seven million milestone in Leeds's City Square.

And today some of those beneficiaries told how Jane’s legacy has helped them, following the announcement that the appeal and its partner charities have now raised more than £7.5m.

Noemie Salvaudon, from Leeds-based children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, said its partnership with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal had raised nearly £120,000 since 2012.

She went on: “With 150 children newly diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia every year, these funds have helped us fund staff and research, provide grants and holidays, and organise activities for children, their siblings and their parents, on the ward, on clinic and away from the hospital.”

Leeds Mencap’s Fahad Khan said: “In 2012 they kindly donated £10,000 for our youth clubs which meant we could continue providing this service to children and young adults from the ages of nine to 25 years with services that they regard as a lifeline and parents regard as a crucial respite.

“We are incredibly grateful for this support and hope to continue building on this friendship for years to come.”

As reported in yesterday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, Rothwell mum Jane personally raised £1.8m before her death from cancer aged 43 in 2007.

Since then, 10K runs and other events backed by the Tomlinson family have added millions more to the total.

Liz Barran, head of fundraising for the Haven breast cancer support centre in Yorkshire, said: “Over the years the Leeds 10K has enabled The Haven to continue to provide, completely free of charge, a wide range of therapies which help people to deal with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer.”

Sarah Atkinson, community fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice in York, said: “Since the first York 10K in 2009 the runners for St Leonard’s Hospice have raised thousands of pounds – a great contribution to the £4m we need to find each year to continue to care for local people with life-threatening illnesses and for their families.”

Praise for the work of the appeal also came from Craig Fordham, head of challenge and regional events at Macmillan Cancer Support.

He said: “On behalf of everyone at Macmillan Cancer Support, we would like to say a huge congratulations to [Jane’s widower] Mike, the Tomlinson family and everyone associated with Jane’s appeal for reaching the incredible landmark figure of £7m. It is an enormously impressive number, but it doesn’t begin to tell the story of the real achievements.

“These lie in the hundreds and thousands of lives that Jane’s appeal has positively touched. Whether it’s through encouraging the people of Yorkshire and beyond, to get off their sofas and don their running shoes, or the countless services that charities such as Macmillan have been able to provide thanks to their generosity and support, the appeal has proved a wonderful, life-affirming and life-changing organisation – a remarkable and very fitting tribute to a remarkable lady.

“Macmillan is enormously proud, honoured and grateful to Jane’s appeal for their wonderful support of our work.

“Thanks to you and your fantastic events, we’ve been able to reach out to thousands of people affected by cancer.

“It’s a fantastic bonus that everyone at Jane’s appeal is thoroughly lovely to work with too!

“We wish you continued success for the future and look forward to working with you on many more exciting ventures.”

Karly Strawson and four-year-old Myles Smith, from Pontefract, strike a pose. Picture: James Hardisty

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