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A dad has helped raise more than £5,000 for a cancer charity after his teenage daughter’s battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Dad's donation helps tackle blood cancer

A devoted dad has helped raise more than £5,000 for a cancer charity after his teenage daughter’s battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

David Wilsoncroft, 53, of Kilburn, raised the cash for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research with help from his employer, Futures Housing Group, which donated £500 to his fund as part of its match funding grant programme.

David, who works as a bricklayer with the Derbyshire-based housing provider, took part in a 24-hour, 53-mile walking relay to raise money for the charity after his daughter Victoria was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012.

He said: “It was absolutely amazing to get £500 from Futures. I really wasn’t expecting it. 
“It has been a long journey for us. Victoria was only 15 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was devastating. At one point we didn’t know whether she was going to live or die.

“But we had brilliant support from doctors at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham who told us from the start that they would cure her.

“She’s been through a lot and it’s only when you look back at photos that you realise just how ill she was.”

Victoria has now been in remission for three years with two more years to go before she gets the all clear. “When the doctor told us she was in remission it was brilliant. We feel really optimistic about the future and feel like the worst is behind us now,” said David.

In total, Futures Housing Group has handed out nearly £2,500 in match funding since April 2015.

In its latest round of grants, the social landlord, which provides around 9,000 affordable homes in Derbyshire and Northamptonshire, approved grants for four causes including Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield, the Alzheimer’s Society and Hospice UK.

The match funding scheme gives staff members the chance to apply for up to £500 to put towards money they have raised for charitable causes.

Lynn Aston, Assistant Director at Futures and Chair of the match funding panel said: “Our match-funding scheme is a brilliant way for our business to give back. We are really pleased to be able to support local charities which provide such important services to people in need. David’s personal story touched the grants panel so we are delighted our small contribution will make such a big difference.”

The full list of grants:
• £500 to Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield, after two staff members took part in the charity’s moonlight walk.
• £398 to Alzheimer’s Society after staff organised a special cake sale event to raise money as part of the Dementia Friends campaign.
• £500 to Hospice UK after a team member took part in a grueling 100-mile bike ride around London.
• £500 to Leuakaemia and Lymphoma Research from the Beat Blood Cancer walk which was completed by one of our team members.