Caterpillar Stockton Section Manager Alan Ruddell presents the cheque to Barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood alongside Caterpillar Team Leader Caleb Smith

Big Donation Helps Eye Cancer Charity

Mon, 2002-05-20 01:00

Generous employees from Caterpillar Stockton have handed over a cheque to help a charity championed by an East Durham College lecturer.

Staff from Caterpillar Stockton came to the College’s Peterlee Campus yesterday to hand over a cheque for £500 to Barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust charity (CHECT) that she has been helping to raise money for.

Last year Alison, who was herself diagnosed with the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma at six weeks old and was successfully treated for the condition at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary, helped to raise over £2000 for the charity by holding a CHECT week around the East Durham College site to help celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Caterpillar in Stockton this year took up a new initiative, which sees the company sell on scrap copper and instead of putting it back into the company they hand it over to local charities.

And after hearing about Alison’s hard work last year they decided to donate £500 to Alison to hand over to CHECT.

Alan Ruddell section manager at Caterpillar Stockton was really happy to be able to present Alison with the cheque and help a fantastic cause.

Alan said: “We always end up with some copper that just gets sold for scrap and usually goes back into the company, so a few lads had an idea to take that money and pick out some local charities to help them out instead.

“When we heard about the fantastic work Alison did last year for CHECT, we thought it would be great to help a charity that not many people may know about and decided to give her the cheque to add to the money she has already helped to raise for the charity.

“We hope the money can help make a real difference.”

CHECT is the only charity dedicated to providing support to children and families in the UK who have been affected by retinoblastoma (Rb), a rapidly developing cancer that affects the cells of the retina.

If you would like to find more about the signs of eye cancer, or make a donation to CHECT here.