Jane Tomlinson Appeal raises £7.6m


Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The charity set up in the name of late inspirational fundraiser Jane Tomlinson has raised nearly £8 million.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal has reached an “amazing” £7.6 million since it was set up as a legacy 13 years ago.

Mrs Tomlinson raised a total of £1.8 million through a series of endurance challenges before her death from cancer in 2007 at the age of 43.

Mrs Tomlinson’s eldest daughter, Suzanne, said the family was aiming to reach £10 million.

She said: “I think it’s just amazing that we’ve reached this figure in such a short space of time. It’s a huge amount that it is possible to do so much with. We can help so many people who need support, whether that’s dealing with an illness, a family member who is not well, or someone going through a bereavement.

“I think I’m most astonished at everyone’s support. It’s not been us that has raised this money, it’s been all the people who have participated in the events, given donations, everyone who works for the charity, everyone who volunteers; it’s those people who have done it.

“The goodwill and the kindness of people will never fail to amaze me. I don’t think any of the family thought we would be here, having raised over £7 million.”

She continued: “I think Mum would have been amazed and so pleased that all her hard work and determination has made such an impact in so many different ways. I think she would just have had such a big grin on her face if she knew – I think she would find it hard to believe.

“Mum gave so much to others, sometimes at the detriment of herself. It’s humbling that I’m a small part of that and helping to carry it on. I suppose I feel privileged to be my mother’s daughter and that I’m helping to continue her legacy.

“We owe such a big thank you to everyone who has helped over the years, we are just so appreciative of everything everyone has done. It’s been really hard at times, but it’s because of those people that we have carried on.

“Here’s to £10 million. Watch this space.”

Mrs Tomlinson was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2000 and doctors told her she only had months to live.

But Mrs Tomlinson, an NHS radiographer, defied the experts and spent the next seven years raising money for charity through challenges including a tandem cycle ride from Rome to Leeds, the Florida Ironman, the New York Marathon and a bike ride across America, from San Francisco to New York.

She was awarded the MBE for her work in June 2003 and later made a CBE.

Her family have continued to raise funds for her charity since her death.

They have since launched a series of events, including five 10k runs, two half-marathons, a marathon and junior runs.

The money raised has helped charities from children’s hospices, cancer-related causes and hospitals across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Lincolnshire.

Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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