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Friendship leads to charity fundraising

PUBLISHED: 13:15 03 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 05 July 2010

Two Lowestoft women have turned their friendship into a recipe for fundraising success, making £50,000 for charity in just one year.

Zoiyar Cole and Janet Ellis have been raising money for cancer charities since Mrs Cole's son Paul died of liver cancer eight years ago when he was just 35.

Two Lowestoft women have turned their friendship into a recipe for fundraising success, making £50,000 for charity in just one year.

Zoiyar Cole and Janet Ellis have been raising money for cancer charities since Mrs Cole's son Paul died of liver cancer eight years ago when he was just 35.

Now the pair, who have raised £230,000 in the last eight years, are celebrating hitting their target for 2008 and are busy planning next year's charity events.

Mrs Cole, who lives in Pakefield, presented a cheque for £2,000 to the Sandra Chapman centre at the James Paget University Hospital last week and in November she will be giving £12,000 to Marie Curie and £8,000 to Macmillan Cancer Care.

Over the years they have organised coffee mornings and sponsored cycle rides, run the Jazos charity shop in Lowestoft and Mrs Cole has even written a book of poetry.

Mrs Cole said: “When we started, my initial concern was to give something back to Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Care because it was thanks to their nurses that Paul was able to die comfortably at home rather than in hospital.

“As we started raising more money, we decided to include some other charities too. We also give money to some local people who are suffering with cancer to make their lives a bit easier, or to help them make a special trip.

“We are hoping to break the £250,000 barrier next year, and I'm sure we will do it. We've already got several events organised and we're very determined.”

Liz Alyward, sister at the Sandra Chapman Centre, said: “The recent donation will be used to purchase an infusion pump. We are so grateful to Mrs Cole for her fantastic fundraising efforts.”

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