Residents of a small North Yorkshire village have come together to raise almost £30,000 for CLIC Sargent in memory of Patrick Hooker, who died of cancer last September at the age of 13.
Patrick was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the soft tissue in December 2011 and underwent treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. CLIC Sargent supported his family during his cancer treatment.
Throughout Patrick’s treatment the community in his hometown of Topcliffe near Thirsk and neighbouring village Asenby came together to support his family and to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.
Patrick's family set up a CLIC Sargent Remember Me fund in his honour, which the local community have continued to add to.
Most recently, a nine-strong group of dedicated local men including Patrick’s father Julian trekked the 84 mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, and have raised an incredible £4,625. The group were supported in their efforts by Busby Stoop Garage, who generously provided a free safety vehicle, and a support group of six other local residents.
Patrick’s mum Lois said: “The local community have been very much affected by Patrick’s diagnosis and passing. They have been amazing with their support to the family, with the fundraising, and also with all kinds of emotional and practical support.”
"CLIC Sargent were there for us from the very beginning of Patrick’s diagnosis, with emotional, practical and financial help."
It has been such a comfort to have someone there to help us during such a difficult time.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Stephen Jackett said: “It is wonderful that so much money has been raised in Patrick’s honour.
"Every penny will go towards supporting young patients and their families whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer.”
Find out more
To make a donation to Patrick's Remember Me fund, please visit the Patrick Hooker Legacy Team JustGiving page.
To find out how you can help raise funds for children and young people with cancer, please contact Stephen Jackett on 0113 2883 223 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.