Spalding business Butters Group raises money for cancer charity

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Spalding business Butters Group has raised an incredible £8,947 for Cancer Research UK in memory of a much-loved colleague.

Sue Townhill, a popular member of staff at the indoor and outdoor plant supplier, lost her fight against cancer in 2015.

In total, 36 members of staff from Butters Group signed up for the 100-mile From Sea to Spalding charity bike ride and a 20-mile Friends of the Fens walk in memory of Sue.

John Mudge, Butters Group new product development assistant, said: “Every two years we decide to take on a challenge for whichever charity is needy at the time.

“Two years ago we helped a local horse riding stable for the disabled, and two years before that was a three peak challenge in Yorkshire.

“We have also cycled London (60 miles) at night and the original Three Peaks Challenge, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in under 24 hours.

“After what happened to Sue, it was obvious what the charity was going to be.”

On average, around 2,200 people in Lincolnshire are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Money raised through fundraising allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the region.

Cancer Research UK says that over the last 40 years survival has doubled – today half of people with cancer will survive their disease for at least ten years.

Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to ensure that by 2034, three-quarters of people survive their disease for ten years or more after a cancer diagnosis.

Ben Petts, Cancer Research UK’s fundraising manager for Lincolnshire, said: “We are absolutely delighted the Butters Group decided to take on this challenge for Cancer Research. They raised an incredible amount of money for vital research.” Visit