A charity collection held in memory of a long standing employee at Lower Horsebridge Post Office has raised hundreds of pounds.
Sue Beeney worked as a counter sales assistant at the business for more than 23 years and made many friends throughout her time behind the counter.
The 64-year-old lost her battle against Ascites Breast Cancer in October last year and sub post master Ian Fenner and post mistress Sharon Shaw decided between them to put a collection bucket on the shop counter to raise funds for Cancer Research UK in her memory.
Thanks to the generosity of local customers and residents a total of £655.17 was raised.
Her family said, “Initially we didn’t know anything about the collection, it was a complete surprise to us.
“When we found out how much money the good people of Horsebridge and surrounding areas had donated we were overwhelmed.
“We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and hope that the money raised can be put to good use at Cancer Research UK.”
Benita Wright, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for South East said, “We are absolutely delighted that the Post Office has decided to attempt such a great collection in memory of Sue Beeney, a long standing colleague.
“We are extremely grateful for their and the community support during this difficult time.
“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so.
“However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research as we still don’t receive Government funding.”
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Each year more than 47,800 women and around 330 men are diagnosed with the disease.