Emmerdale’s Tony Audenshaw shared a cup of tea with a local Stockport family on Monday, November 21 and collected a cheque for £6075 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The generous donation was made by relatives of the late Sarah (Sally) Anne Cavender MBE, who passed away in September this year, age 96. Sally raised the money by hosting several events in recent years and her legacy will support the charity’s life-saving research into better treatments and cures for blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Sally fundraised regularly for charity since 1967 when her young grandson Paul lost his battle with leukaemia. Her efforts were spurred on further in 1992 when her great-granddaughter Terri was diagnosed with the disease and sadly passed away in 2010. In 2001 she was awarded an MBE for charitable services.
Sally’s three daughters, Patricia Kinder, June Davies and Jean Connolly chose to donate the money to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to help find a cure and better treatments for blood cancers to help families like their own.
Glenn Davies, Sally’s grandson and carer said: Nana was always fundraising for charity. She made several large donations to the Pendlebury Hospital during her lifetime and we felt that this donation should go to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to fund research into blood cancers.
Tony Audenshaw, who plays Bob Hope on the ITV soap said: “It is inspiring to hear how tirelessly Sally fundraised for more than four decades to help other families affected by leukaemia. A big thank you to her family for making the generous donation to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Every penny will help the charity’s life-saving research into better cures and prevention for all blood cancers.”