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Friends and family rally to help Carleton girl Ellie
10:00am Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
Villagers got together to show their support for a 20-year-old from Carleton recently diagnosed with leukaemia.
It was just after Christmas that Ellie Benyon was told by doctors at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, that she had leukaemia.
After hearing about it, members of the village’s Monday Club, a group of ladies who meet up once a month, decided to hold a charity coffee morning to raise funds for the hospital ward where Ellie is receiving her treatment.
The village’s Swan Inn offered its premises, flyers were sent to every house in Carleton and offers of baking, raffle prizes and donations flooded in. At the event itself, more than 100 people turned up and £850 was raised for the Teenage and Young Persons Cancer Ward.
One of the organisers, Vicki Woodhead, thanked everyone for their support. “It was a fantastic effort and a really enjoyable event,” she said.
Ellie’s work colleagues at Fat Face, Skipton, have also rallied to the cause.
They held a raffle and cake stall, which raised a further £712 for the ward. “It went really well,” said Ellie, who is involved in a clinical trial where arsenic is used instead of conventional chemotherapy.