8:30am Tuesday 24th September 2013
By Gina Bebbington
THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised for cancer charities after a community was inspired by a Northwich woman’s battle with the disease.
Mum-of-two Dawn Morter was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and, following an operation to remove the lump, is halfway through a course of chemotherapy.
The 34-year-old, who works at Victoria Road Primary School, then has to undergo a further operation and radiotherapy.
Dawn said: “I want to say thanks to everyone and to say I’m grateful.
“I can’t believe how much I’ve raised, it’s mad.”
The fundraising started off with a Race for Life for Cancer Research UK at the primary school, which Dawn started organising in place of sports day then was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The event itself took place the day before her first chemotherapy session but she took part, running around the school field with infant and junior children.
The Race for Life has so far raised more than £2,100.
“We have never raised that much at school,” Dawn said.
“So many people have been so kind.”
Dawn, who lives in Chesterway with her fiancé Chris Williamson and children Nathan, 13, and Georgina, nine, also held a sponsored head shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising £500.
Her friend Leanne Astbury helped to organise a fundraiser at Castle Private Club on September 6.
Dawn said: “All Leanne wanted to do with the fundraising night was to raise £150 for me because if my eyebrows fall out she wanted to raise enough money for me to have temporary tattooed eyebrows.
“If I don’t need them, or like what they’d look like, that money will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.”
The night raised an extra £560 for Macmillan Cancer Support on top of expenses and the eyebrow fund.
Dawn’s niece Kirsty Williamson has raised more than £300 for Breast Cancer Care by holding a pink Friday and cake sale at her work.
But the fundraising is not over as Witton Church Walk CE Primary School are also planning a Wear It Pink day on October 18.
• To support Dawn visit justgiving.com/dawn-morter.
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