Newport couple, 90 and 88, approach a 40-year target to raise £ 1m for cancer research

A couple from Newport say they have raised their £ 1 million fundraising goals in favor of Cancer research would be the “icing on the cake” after supporting the charity for more than 40 years.

Michael, 90, and Bridget Locke, 88, began raising money for cancer research after their daughter Sally was treated for cancer in the 1980s, the BBC reported.

Four decades later, they are almost at the £ 1m mark, having raised £ 960,000 through a range of activities and events, including Coffee Morning, charity walks and lotteries.

Mr. Locke has also sold more than 2,000 jars of homemade jam to help them reach their goal.

“It has given me something to do, rather than just plant and do something other than golf,” Locke told the BBC.

The couple had hoped to reach their goal of 1 million. GBP before Mr. Locke’s 90th birthday, but the pandemic interrupted several of their fundraising plans.

The former architect said: “I had drawn a graph of what we were traveling when I was 87 and said that if I live to 90 and can still count together, we should be able to reach £ 1m. .

“But the pandemic almost stopped things dead. We are very determined to get there.

“It’s the icing on the cake.”

Sir. Locke said the pandemic “has been worrying for the past few years” but that once it is over, “the cancer will still have to be beaten”.

With most Covid-19 restrictions lifted, an annual golf event hosted by the couple will return this summer.

In the past, it has raised around £ 15,000.

Sir. Locke, who was awarded an MBE for cancer research services in 2007, sees the honor as a recognition of a joint effort.

“M is for me, Mike, B is for Bridget, and E is for everyone else who has helped,” he told the BBC.

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