FUNDRAISING NEWS: Laura Crane Trust gets £250,000 to open cancer unit

A cancer trust that was set up six years ago by the mother of a sufferer has raised more than £250,000 in funding.

The Laura Crane Trust had only aimed to raise £45,000 to pay for an activities co-ordinator to work with teenage cancer patients at St James's and Cookridge hospital in Leeds.

The trust, which was set up by Jacquie Roeder following her daughter's death two weeks after her 17th birthday, helps fight cancer in the 15 to 25 age group.

However, the trust for young cancer sufferers, which has comedian Jack Dee as patron, has raised enough to pledge cash towards the creation of a teenage cancer unit at Western Park Hospital in Sheffield.

It has also taken on a three-year research project at St James's, looking at Ewing's Sarcoma, one of the four types of cancer from which Laura suffered.

The money has been raised through local fundraising designed to lift the spirits of young patients.

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