Devastated by the death of her step-grandfather who lost a brave battle against cancer, an Ilkeston woman has set up a charity group in his memory.
NHS manager Sarah McLaughlin, 30, launched the Mick Mcgrath Foundation charity with an inaugural fund-raiser which brought in £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Backed by friends Amanda and Paul D’arcy and Lisa Fox, who are championing her cause, Sarah made the most of the local derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County to start the campaign.
By selling Lottery tickets for a prize draw, which promised one lucky winner a VIP day at the game, Team McGrath made a productive start.
But the big surprise came when Forest agreed to support Sarah’s campaign with a calendar featuring Reds players both past and present. Among those who have agreed to support the initiative are Steve Chettle, Jason Lee, Steve Sutton and Alan Rogers.
Following the calendar project the fund-raisers will be keeping the ball rolling by holding a charity ball on December 7.
“Grandad was very special to me and I’m sure he would be very proud to know that we are helping Macmillan in his memory,” said Sarah.
Ex-railway worker Mick was from Stapleford and loved sport.
“On a personal level the Mick McGrath Foundation is not just about my grandad, but about every other grandfather, grandmother, parents, siblings, children and distant relatives and friends whose lives are affected every day by this horrendous disease.”
“The Foundation team are working their socks off to make the fund-raising efforts successful. We appeal to everyone out their to help our cause.” said Lisa Fox.
For more details visist www.mickmcgrathfoundation.co.uk