Cancer victims inspire ex-mayor

CHARITY FUNDS BENEFIT: Former mayor Penny Cook presented cheques for �500 to Mark and Val Oakes, Bob and Zahra Henly and Sue and Robert Kettlewell.
CHARITY FUNDS BENEFIT: Former mayor Penny Cook presented cheques for �500 to Mark and Val Oakes, Bob and Zahra Henly and Sue and Robert Kettlewell.
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FUNDS raised by a former teacher during her year as mayor will help benefit three charities set up in memory of students she taught.

Penny Cook, who was mayor of Hadleigh until May, recently donated £500 each to the Alison Fracella Research Trust, the Brendan Oakes Trust and the Steven Henly Award for Outstanding Commitment.

All three students went to Hadleigh High School and died of different types of cancer.

Alison had a brain tumour and her charity funds research and treatment for tumours. Brendan died in 2005 after fighting bone cancer for three years. His trust pays for days out and looks to provide special memories for families and sufferers of similar illnesses.

Steven, who was training to be a PE teacher, was 21 years old when he died from a rare form of cancer. An award has been set up in his memory.

“The charities are all different and the money will be used in different ways but it will all be put to good use,” said Ms Cook.