Teenager appeals for help in organising charity event in memory of her much-loved father (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Teenager appeals for help in organising charity event in memory of her much-loved father
A TEENAGER is appealing for help as she organises a big charity event in memory of her much-loved father.
Philippa Young, 19, lost her father Philip to pancreatic cancer in July, just weeks after he was diagnosed with the condition.
Miss Young, from Middleton-St-George, is now devoting her time to raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK – the charity that supported Mr Young, 51, and his family throughout his battle.
She said: “At the beginning of July we got the awful news that my dad had pancreatic cancer.
“He was given a life expectancy of three months but deteriorated really quickly and passed away two weeks after the diagnosis.
“In his last week, I sat by his side, holding his hand 24/7. I hardly slept and I had a lot of time to think.
“As I sat looking at him, I thought that I really wanted to do something to raise awareness and money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
“The charity has been so supportive and the money I raise will hopefully go towards finding a cure for cancer.
“To know that I’ve helped and given something is great, I just want to make my dad proud.”
Together with her mother, Nicola Young, Miss Young is organising a Purple Garden Party at Darlington’s Old Farmhouse pub, on Yarm Road.
The event, which will be held on Saturday September 7 from 11am until 7pm, will feature a barbecue, bouncy castle, treasure hunt, face-painting, raffle and a variety of stalls and refreshments.
Miss Young is now appealing for help in sourcing a marquee, tables and chairs for the event.
Any businesses which can help, or wished to donate raffle prizes, should contact Miss Young by emailing email@example.com
Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity dedicated to fighting the condition through offering support, information and undertaking campaigning and research.
In 2011, the charity set out to double the five-year pancreatic cancer survival rates and improve the experience of patients being treated under the NHS.
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