Sunderland cancer survivor hosts Ladies Night fundraiser

Kelly Roddy
Kelly Roddy

Sunderland cancer survivor Kelly Roddy is organising a fundraiser for North of England Children’s Cancer Research to mark the 20th anniversary of getting the all clear.

The Ladies Night event, which will include a buffet and disco, will be held at The Ropery on Saturday April 19.

Kelly was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in April 1992 and took part in a clinical trial for three blocks of chemotherapy. Two years later when she got the all clear, her family began fundraising for the charity and raised £5,000.

The event is just one of the fundraisers Kelly is now organising in the hope of matching the same amount she raised 20 years ago.

The 29-year-old mum said: “It’s really important to me to fund research to improve the treatment and hopefully find a cure for childhood cancers. The work that NECCR does right here in our own region is amazing and makes a huge difference to children and their families.”

The NECCR fund was set up 35 years ago and has raised over £30 million for research in the North East. The research takes place at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research in Newcastle, which is playing a leading role in developing new treatments for children in the region and internationally.

Jim Richardson, vice chairman of the NECCR, said: “Research into childhood cancers is only possible because of the kind individuals like Kelly Roddy thinking of imaginative ways to raise money. Her fundraising drive is an inspiration to us all.”

Other fundraisers have also been planned to mark this anniversary. There will be a table sale in Roker Methodist Church on Saturday March 22 and Kelly has secured a charity place in the Great North Run.

You can telephone Kelly Roddy on: 07964550771, e-mail her at: or donate directly online at:

Tickets are priced at £10 and are available directly from Kelly. Tickets can be posted providing an address is given via e-mail or phone.


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