Thursday 9th July 2020
Enid was inspired to fundraise by her grandson Richard, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma aged 21 and was himself an avid supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust, raising thousands. However, after four operations and numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Richard sadly died in January 2018. Richard’s cousin Amelia continues to fundraise for Teenage Cancer Trust having done a skydive in 2019 and by helping Enid with her fundraising.
Enid has found lots of creative ways to fundraise, involving her local community in Wrexham, North Wales. Local schools, garden centres, shops, pubs, Girl Guides, Brownies and her local church have all supported End’s fundraising. Enid has also supported Teenage Cancer Trust through bucket collections at Aldi and Wilko stores, car boot sales, BBQs, supermarket bag packs to carol singing and bonfire night celebrations. A testimony from Enid also helped to secure a three-year fundraising partnership with a large corporate company in Wales.
Last year she received a certificate from Teenage Cancer Trust, in a surprise presentation at her home.
Recently, during the Coronavirus pandemic, Enid gave up chocolate for lent, collected cans from her local shops and also purchased tickets for the Omaze prize draw on the basis that she would give the prize to the charity if she won.
This January Enid wrote to us to say that she "would not be able to send as much money to us in the future" due to the physical exertions of fundraising, but that she would carry on doing bucket collections in "garden shops, Aldi, Wilkos or anywhere you need someone to hold a bucket!"
Teenage Cancer Trust will always be special to Enid: "I know we can never repay your Trust for all the help, support and love you gave to Richard and all our family, but I hope we have helped in a small way for you to carry on your wonderful work."
Speaking of her award, Enid said: "Richard was a very special young man-he got on with life and made the most of every day. In breaks between his treatment he’d fundraise and support Teenage Cancer Trust; he did so much, including running the Great North Run and a Zip wire challenge. I’ve just carried on what he did, and it’s made me feel closer to him.
"Everyone at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle helped Richard and our family so much. They were always there for us, and that made me want to carry on Richard’s fundraising. Hopefully, in some small way, it helps to repay all that support that Richard received, so that other young people can benefit from Teenage Cancer Trust’s help.
"I couldn’t believe it when the princesses announced we were all winners. I will treasure my award-and I share it everyone who has helped me over the years, because it belongs to them as well.
"I feel so honoured to be in the group of such outstanding nominees who had done so much, raising huge amounts of money, being so brave, and showing such care and dedication to support young people with cancer."