Bethany is simply one fantastic fund-raiser!

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A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl from Clitheroe has almost quadrupled the amount she aimed to raise in memory of her mum thanks to the support of local residents.

Brookside Primary School pupil Bethany Rose set out with the goal of raising £5,000 for Breast Cancer Care in memory of her mum Katy who lost her battle with breast cancer on April 1st, 2010, aged just 38.

When launching her “Candle 4 Katy” campaign just six months ago on what would have been Katy’s 39th birthday, Bethany told the Clitheroe Advertiser that she wanted to do something to help other people with breast cancer and “to remember my mummy”.

And this week, Bethany exceeded all expectations when she handed over a cheque for nearly £19,000, which is almost four times her original target.

“We’re delighted that we’ve managed to raise nearly four times more than we ever anticipated for such a good cause,” proud dad Andy Rose said.

Right from the outset, Bethany and her Candle4Katy campaign won the heart of the local community with residents showing unstinting support. Local candle maker Cheryl Hook, who owns Melt at Backridge Farm, Twitter Lane, Waddington, produced a special candle in memory of Katy, which is for sale in its Backridge Farm shop.

Bethany completed a 5km sponsored walk on Mother’s Day, while local businesses and residents such as Clitheroe’s Ribble Tandoori takeaway which donated the profits from one day’s takeaway sales, gradually increased the fund-raising total.

The campaign, which is still ongoing, is a fitting tribute to Bethany’s mum, who was an art teacher at Giggleswick School, before setting up her own business – designs by Katy Rose – following the birth of her daughter.

Well-known locally for her artistic talents, through this business, Katy designed and created personalised canvases and mirrors. She also worked alongside Lizi Botham – television’s Bizi Lizi – on projects and was instrumental in helping set up Unique and Wooden Toys at Backridge, which later became Wish Gifts.

Katy was also vice-chairman of the Friends of Brookside School and helped to organise an event at the school to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Katy was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2006 and, three years later, was rediagnosed with the same condition. In spite of her failing health, Katy completed the Race for Life for the third time with Bethany in 2009.

Helen Cameron, North of England fund-raiser for Breast Cancer Care, said: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Bethany, Andy and everyone that has helped to support Bethany’s campaign.

“You have all contributed in some way to help raise a tremendous amount of money, that will really make a difference to those affected by breast cancer. It is such a fantastic achievement to be almost at the £20,000 mark when the initial target was £5,000!”

She added: “Breast Cancer Care is here for anyone affected by breast cancer. We bring people together, provide information and support and campaign for improved standards of care. If you want to find out more about our work please contact me on 0114 2636481. e-mail helen.cameron@breastcancercare.org.uk or visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk”

A family magic and music night will be staged at The Grand in Clitheroe on Saturday, October 1st, with entertainment from young magician of the year Ben Proos and live music from Paul Tierney. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m. until 10-30 p.m., cost £10 per person including a cold buffet and a voucher for Melt candles. Call The Grand on 01200 421599.

Donations can continue to be made at www.justgiving.com/Andy-Rose0, while readers can keep up-to-date with Bethany’s progress on Facebook at “Candle 4 Katy” or follow her on twitter @Candle4Katy.