Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 15.31.21A fundraising grandma has handed over more than £11,000 to a charity close to her heart.

Lynne Richardson, a Customer Services Officer at Hambleton District Council has supported the charity Myaware since her four year old granddaughter Katelyn Butterworth was diagnosed with the lifetime condition – Myasthenia Gravis,18 months ago.

Myasthenia is a lifetime, autoimmune condition in which the antibodies attack the signals from the brain to the muscles, causing muscle weakness and pain, and damage to the immune system.

Katelyn has recently had her thymus gland removed to ease her symptoms, but it is not guaranteed – her future is unsure.

Over the last ten months Lynne has held numerous events such as race and quiz nights, held raffles, baked and sold cakes and held online sales.

At her last event, a coffee morning held at Northallerton Town Hall with the Northallerton and District Lioness Club she handed over a cheque for £11,121.63 to the charity.

“I am totally overwhelmed by all the help and support I have had over the last ten months from friends, colleagues and the district council and money is still continuing to come in,” she said.  

“I can’t wait to tell Katelyn all about this, and show her the scrap book that we are compiling, ready for when she’s old enough to understand. The charity are so pleased with such a fantastic amount, and in raising so much more awareness. It really will make a difference as they rely solely on donations for research, to educate doctors and nurses and to support the families of sufferers with help and advice!”