AN inspirational fundraiser has set up his own charitable group to raise money in memory of his mother.
Martin Lawrence, 30, set up the Eve Merton Dreams trust just over six months ago to solely help Doncaster people who are seriously or terminally ill with cancer following the death of his mother.
The aim of the organisation is to help make Doncaster cancer sufferers’ final wish or dream come true.
Martin, of Fewston Way, Lakeside, said: “My mum was my best friend and my hero, I was proud of her every day of my life and I’m still proud of her today. The charity is to help others that are going through the same thing she did and to do it in her name, it’s a fitting tribute to a woman who spent all her life putting herself out for anyone who needed.”
Martin, whose mother Eve died in January, is no stranger to charity work and has already raised just over £25,000 for charities including Macmillan, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Yorkshire Heart Surgery at Leeds Children’s Hospital and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Martin and fellow charity founder Clynton Johnson came up with the idea as a tribute to Martin’s mum, a former market trader, who missed out on one of her final wishes to walk the Doncaster market route and see all the traders for a final time.
Martin said: “Unfortunately due to nature of her condition this wasn’t possible until her final journey in the funeral procession. We want to be able to help grant wishes like this, to help bring a smile to the patient and the surrounding family, if only for one day, to fight the negative impact it has on everyone surrounded by cancer.”
Martin was recently named Fundraiser of the Year at the Doncaster Free Press Pride in Doncaster Awards. He has also been runner-up two years in a row in a Doncaster Unsung Hero award and received a BT Community Champion grant.
Since the trust was set up the team has already managed to raise over £4,000 towards the £5,000 target to achieve official Charity Commission status.
A number of events have been held to raise funds including a charity poker tournament and a 26 mile trek in Lakeside.
Events including a parachute jump and three peaks 24 hour challenge are already pencilled in for next year.
Martin is now urging people to help make the trust a success by visiting www.evestrust.co.uk and following the charity on Facebook. Alternatively if anyone wants to donate or offer support email firstname.lastname@example.org