Dedicated fund-raiser Betty remembered

Images of Yesteryear 25 years ago. Local schoolboys Paul Ritz, Paul Byrom, Anthony Swinney and Richard Ellis presented a cheque to Leukaemia Research.
Images of Yesteryear 25 years ago. Local schoolboys Paul Ritz, Paul Byrom, Anthony Swinney and Richard Ellis presented a cheque to Leukaemia Research.
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A PICTURE from the past shows one of Northumberland’s most dedicated fund-raisers.

The photograph is of local schoolboys Paul Ritz, Paul Byrom, Anthony Swinney and Richard Ellis presenting a cheque for just over £100 to Leukaemia Research in 1987.

But until now, we had not identified the person receiving the money on the charity’s behalf.

Now Phyllis McGraw, of Pegswood, has contacted us to tell us that the recipient was her friend Betty McKinley.

Mrs McKinley founded the Pegswood and Morpeth branch of the Tyneside Leukaemia Research Association in the 1970s following her son Stephen’s diagnosis with the illness.

And along with a group of supporters, she worked tirelessly until her death last year to raise funds for the group. During this time, the branch raised more than £90,000 to support research and treatments of leukaemia at the RVI in Newcastle.

Sadly, the Pegswood and Morpeth branch has had to disband recently, but former members continue to support the work of the Tyneside association and wish to thank all those who have supported the charity.