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Great-grandmother donates caravanning cash in honour of cancer-suffering granddaughter

PUBLISHED: 12:03 18 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:03 18 August 2014

Maureen Wooderson hands the money to Roger Moore, volunteer at Hornchurch Cancer Research

Maureen Wooderson hands the money to Roger Moore, volunteer at Hornchurch Cancer Research

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A great-grandmother who won a charity raffle from her caravan club has donated the cash in honour of her cancer-stricken granddaughter.

Maureen Wooderson is a keen member of the Loners’ Group, a caravan club which encourages those who have split up from or lost their partner to carry on with the hobby.

And at the club’s AGM, 76-year-old Maureen couldn’t believe her luck when she won a £153 cheque to donate to a charity of her choice – Cancer Research UK in Hornchurch.

Presenting the cash on Friday, Maureen said she had chosen Cancer Research in honour of her granddaughter Lauren Dixon, who has been battling the disease for six years.

“It was my first thought –we desperately need to find a cure soon,” she said.

The 31-year-old mum of two from Upminster beat breast cancer four years ago, but in 2011 was diagnosed with tumours in her liver and spine.

Maureen said: “It’s really not good at the moment. We have to try and be strong.”

She also urged other ‘loners’ to join the caravan club rather than give up their beloved hobby.

Maureeen joined the club in 1985 after splitting up from her husband.

“It’s sad – many pensioners think they can’t caravan on their own once they lose their partner or split up,” she said.

To find out more visit www.lonersgroup.org.uk.

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