Money in memory of Pat will help Angels’ cause

Corby Cube opening Children 'Leader of Corby Council Pat Fawcett cuts the cake to open the Cube'Monday, 01 November 2010

Corby Cube opening Children 'Leader of Corby Council Pat Fawcett cuts the cake to open the Cube'Monday, 01 November 2010

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More than £1,700 which was donated in memory of former Corby Council leader Pat Fawcett has been given to the charity Chelsea’s Angels.

People were asked to make donations instead of sending flowers when Cllr Fawcett, who was known as Corby’s First Lady, lost her long battle with lung cancer on April 27, aged 68.

Donations totalled £1,755, £1,000 of which was donated by Unison, and Cllr Fawcett’s family opted to give the money to Chelsea’s Angels, the charity set up as a legacy for three-year-old Chelsea Knighton, of Irthlingborough, who died from acute neuroblastoma in 2009.

Chelsea’s Angels supports families whose children have been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and other cancers. It has helped 34 children this year.

Michelle Tomkins from Chelsea’s Angels said the amount donated would allow the charity to help up to seven youngsters. She said: “We were very humbled to have been chosen by Pat’s family and are most grateful for the very kind donations sent in her memory.

“We have been in touch with the family and thanked them and sent our condolences.

“To be chosen was a surprise and an honour. We want to say a massive thank you because the money will go a long way to helping seven children. We are very grateful.”