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Doddington family raise £4,000 for Cancer Research

Cheque presentation of �4257-09 to Cancer research following charity football match, auction and raffle
left to right back Phil Patten, Fiona Fry, Nicole Fry, Carole Dixon, Brian Dixon
left to right middle Kevin Harness, John Fry, Laura Holland (Senior Fundraising manager) Scott Warrener
left to right front Thomas Fry and Robert Fry ANL-140806-164019009

Cheque presentation of �4257-09 to Cancer research following charity football match, auction and raffle left to right back Phil Patten, Fiona Fry, Nicole Fry, Carole Dixon, Brian Dixon left to right middle Kevin Harness, John Fry, Laura Holland (Senior Fundraising manager) Scott Warrener left to right front Thomas Fry and Robert Fry ANL-140806-164019009

Months of hard work have paid off after a Doddington family were able to hand over a cheque for £4,257 to Cancer Research.

John and Fiona Fry and their daughter Nicole were inspired to start fund-raising for the charity in September last year after their family had been affected by cancer.

Mr Fry’s mother Barbara, of Doddington, lost her battle against the disease in December last year.

Mrs Fry’s father Brian Dixon,who lives in March, has also suffered from cancer in the past.

The family put together a charity football match at the Sportsman in Chatteris on May 18 and an auction was held the previous night.

A cheque was presented to senior fundraising manager Laura Holland on Friday last week.

Mr Fry said the fundraising total exceeded their expectations.

He said: “We hoped we would get to £2,000 but we didn’t want to be too greedy.

“The money just kept rolling as people have been very generous.

“It has been overwhelming. The amount of money we raised would have blown away my mum’s expectations.”

Barbara was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September and died in December.

Mr Dixon was diagnosed with cancer over a decade ago. He has now been ten years in remission.

The veteran team of footballers began to train for the match in November and supported the fundraising by paying subs of £3 a week.

A bouncy castle and raffle were also part of the fun of the charity match, which was held on May 18.

A number of charity collections have been held in a number of shops across the Fenland area.

Mr Fry said: “This is has been a family effort. My wife and daughter have been working very hard behind the scenes.

“People have been amazing. I had a friend who did all the printing for us while other people donated money.”

 

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