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A dedicated fundraiser and her team have raised money for a department close to her heart following an illness that saw her cared for at Grimsby hospital. After receiving care from the respiratory department, Jean Madin and her team of fundraisers presented a cheque to The Health Tree Foundation at Jean’s local pub, The Market Tavern, in Cleethorpes.

Jean said: “I have been a patient of Dr Richard Chan’s in respiratory for many years and have had half my right lung removed. I wanted to do something for the department. There’s quite a team of us who do our bit so hopefully we have raised enough to go towards some new equipment.”
Her latest effort has seen Jean raise £600 for the respiratory department with the help of her team, including two young, new members: Jessica Terry-Taylor, aged 18 and Courtney Terry-Taylor, aged 15.

Jean also recently raised £1,200 for The Health Tree Foundation’s Rear Into Gear Appeal – a campaign that is raising money for keyhole surgery equipment for patients with bowel cancer or bowel related illnesses at Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals.

Jean decided she would become a fundraiser after her father passed away in 2004. Shortly after, she moved to Cleethorpes where she has continued fundraising for a number of local causes.
Jayne Smith, a close friend of Jean’s, moved to the area around the same time as and got on board with her fundraising. Jayne said: “The team is like one big happy family. I had a break from fundraising but it feels great to be back with everyone again. I really missed it.”

Jean added: “We want to continue doing things to help people and we are so lucky we are able to do that living in this area. I cannot thank the people and businesses of Grimsby and Cleethorpes enough. We live in such a generous community.”

Community champion for The Health Tree Foundation, Laura Gooderham, said: “Jean’s dedication and determination is to be admired. She has gone through a rough time herself with illnesses and has still continued to raise money to help others – we are very grateful.”

From left: Jessica Terry-Taylor, Joshua Penny, fundraiser Jean Madin, community champion for HTF Laura Gooderham, Jayne Smith and Courtney Terry-Taylor at The Market Tavern in Cleethorpes.



Our local Race For Life 2015 event took place at Meridian Park on Sunday 17th May and among the many people taking part were the Young’s Seafood Ltd team who have so far raised an incredible £3,934.00 for Cancer Research UK, more than double their £1,500 target.

The team, comprised of 21 Young’s Seafood Limited staff members, were generously sponsored by friends, family, colleagues and other supporters and raced in distinctive bright pink personalized T-shirts, donated by Young’s Seafood Limited.

The team members each have their own personal reasons for taking part in the Race For Life. Lindsay Mountain who joined the Young’s Seafood Ltd team in support of her Grandmother explained:
“Anything that will help fund further research into this dreadful disease is a step in the right direction, and I live in hope that a cure will one day be found”. Katy Ellis added: “I entered because I have close friends who have survived and lost loved ones to cancer. The Young’s Seafood team was a fantastic way to bring us together to raise money and I’d love to do this every year!”

Maria Fotellis, HR Controller at Young’s Seafood Limited commented: “It is very humbling seeing all the pictures and tributes to loved ones lost and those that have survived. It has touched each and every one of us in some way. We were all overwhelmed with how much money was raised and the team feels that joining together we have made a real difference with such a tremendous amount of sponsorships. We already have a team of 10 people signed up for the Young’s Seafood Limited Team Grimsby Race for life 2016! I want to thank everyone in the team, all the Young’s Seafood Limited staff, our friends, family, and everyone else who has supported us.”

Pete Ward, Chief Executive of Young’s Seafood Limited added; “The team have worked so hard and we’re all extremely proud of them – to have raised so much money really is a triumph. As part of our Fish for Life Corporate Responsibility Programme, we’re committed to playing a positive role in the communities where we are based and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to support Cancer Research UK and their admirable work.”
Anyone wishing to support the Young’s Seafood Limited Race for Life team can do so via their JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/teams/mariagroup

The Young’s Seafood Limited Team includes Maria Fotellis, Cheryl Atkin, Lindsay Mountain, Tina Birks, Elaine Smith, Sara Vine, Meredith Yalcin, Zoe Moore, Julie Raworth, Sam Bryan, Elaine Broadley, Lona Robson, Tracie Coulson, Poppy Costello, Angela Riley, Becky Harrison, Charlotte McCann, Heather Rendall, Paula Gostling, Katy Ellis and Debbie Hess.

From The Peoples Issue 34 Web Edition