Coppers for Cancer appeal makes big difference to Teenage Cancer Trust

Cheque pres at Stamford Arts centre to Teenage Cancer Trust from the Spires family. Pictured  are Colin Gibbons and Brent Gibbons, Leah Hyde, Susan Spires, Emma Oglesbee, Judith Anderson from the Teenage Cancer Trust and Natalie Spires EMN-160227-154549009

Cheque pres at Stamford Arts centre to Teenage Cancer Trust from the Spires family. Pictured are Colin Gibbons and Brent Gibbons, Leah Hyde, Susan Spires, Emma Oglesbee, Judith Anderson from the Teenage Cancer Trust and Natalie Spires EMN-160227-154549009

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Small change has made a big difference to a charity thanks to the efforts of a Stamford family.

The Spires family launched their Coppers for Cancer appeal in 2010 through the Mercury, asking people to donate their small change in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The appeal was in memory of their daughter and sister Becky, who died in 2008 from a rare type of cancer affecting the soft tissue in her face, aged just 18. She was treated at a Teenager Cancer Trust unit in London.

The family has already handed over £5,000 and on Saturday, handed over another £5,000. As well as donations of small change, the family and their friends also organised a bag packing event at Marks and Spencer in Stamford and are planning other events.

Becky’s sister Natalie, who has been running the appeal with mum Sue, said: “As a family, we feel so proud to have raised £10,000 to go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and we know Becky would be too.

“We must thank everyone that has helped and contributed as we couldn’t have done this without them.”

The money raised will go towards the charity’s Look Forward scheme which equips young adults with the confidence they need after going through such a traumatic event in their lives, but the family hopes to pay for an item in Becky’s name in the future as a lasting tribute.

The family are still collecting coppers and anyone who wishes to donate can call Natalie on 07746588510 or e-mail natalie.spires@yahoo.com to arrange collection.