A student from Market Weighton has raised nearly £1,700 for a charity close to her heart.
Katie Sissons held a cream tea and a raffle in aid of Parkinson’s UK, which has supported her grandad who has Parkinson’s disease.
The event, held at the 19-year-old’s house in Market Weighton, was attended by 100 people and raised £1,641 for Parkinson’s UK,
Katie said: “This is a very important charity to me as two days before Christmas in 2012 my grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He is such a lovely man and I have looked up to him my whole life, to watch the way he is beginning to struggle with certain things is very difficult, but is something that he and my entire family have been well informed of and supported by our local Parkinson’s nurses.
“I have managed to raise nearly £1,700 with my efforts of fundraising and am proud to give something back to such a deserving charity which is very close to my heart. I hope that with people fundraising and donating this year we can get more Parkinson’s nurses in more areas to offer people the support they need.”
Katie, who will soon start her second year of medical school at Durham University, is aiming to raise at least another £500 for Parkinson’s UK when she takes part in the Great North Run in September.