Mum who raised a million steps aside

Jacquie Roeder and, below, her late daughter Laura Crane
Jacquie Roeder and, below, her late daughter Laura Crane

A COMMITTED mum who has raised more than £1 million after the untimely death of her daughter is handing over the reins of the charity she set up in her memory.

Jacquie Roeder set up the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust 15 years ago. She has decided to stand down as chairwoman – but her husband Malcolm will take over.

submitted via e-mail 16/7/2003.'pic of LAURA CRANE, former Brighouse High School pupil who died of cancer aged 17. 'Her mum Jacquie Roeder set up the LAURA CRANE Trust in her memory.

submitted via e-mail 16/7/2003.'pic of LAURA CRANE, former Brighouse High School pupil who died of cancer aged 17. 'Her mum Jacquie Roeder set up the LAURA CRANE Trust in her memory.

Her daughter, Laura, a former Brighouse High pupil, died of cancer just two weeks after her seventeenth birthday. Jacquie’s husband Malcolm will take over as chair of trustees.

She said: “I decided, the day Laura died, to pick up the fight where she left off, hoping to raise approximately £10,000 a year to fund research, specifically into cancer in teenagers and young adults.”

But their tireless work saw them exceed all their expectations and pass their first £1 million just after their tenth birthday.

“After 15 years working solidly for the trust it’s time to step down, safe in the knowledge that the charity is in the healthiest position it has ever been,” said Jacquie.

Malcolm praised his wife’s work. “Without Jacquie’s dedication and selfless commitment to improving the lives of young cancer patients then the trust would not be as strong as it is now and we can’t thank her enough for everything she has done.”

Their annual charity ball, a Crystal Ball at the Cedar Court, Bradford, will be on October 15. For more information contact the Trust office on 01484 510013 or email pam@lauracranetrust.org.