Burnley mum smashes £10,000 charity target

Elisabeth Devey made �11,000 for brain tumour cancer (s)
Elisabeth Devey made �11,000 for brain tumour cancer (s)

Mum Elisabeth Devey became a familiar figure in her trademark Mickey Mouse headband as she worked to raise cash for the Brain Tumour charity.

But the ears, and all her hair, went in one last effort as Elisabeth smashed through her £10,000 target, taking her grand total to £11,130.

It is a strange feeling; good to have raised the money, but at the same time the reason I did it is because my friend is poorly

Elisabeth Devey

Last year she promised her life-long friend Natalie Gabrielson she would try to make £10,000 for the charity that supports brain tumour sufferers.

Natalie, who lives in Burnley, was diagnosed with the condition six years ago and since then has undergone two operations. She and her husband, Moreton, have a young daughter.

Elisabeth was shocked to discover that although brain tumours are the biggest cancer in children and adults under 40, it attracts less than 2% of the £500m cancer research budget.

She set herself a £10,000 target, and said she would shave her hair off if she ever reached her goal.

Never before one to grace the athletics track, Elisabeth took up marathon running, lost three stones, and did a parachute jump, and also found time to organise social fund-raisers and a charity ball.

“I’m so happy to not only have beaten the total, but smashed it. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, Gav, all our friends and the lovely people at Gap Personnel in Burnley who sponsored me.

“It is a strange feeling; good to have raised the money, but at the same time the reason I did it is because my friend is poorly.”