Former chairman supports pioneers at cancer charity

Coun Pauline Watson presents her �1370 cheqe to the Candles cancer charity. EMN-150223-095755001
Coun Pauline Watson presents her �1370 cheqe to the Candles cancer charity. EMN-150223-095755001

An East Lindsey District Councillor presented a cheque worth £1,370.62 to Lincolnshire cancer charity Candles last week.

Councillor Pauline Watson raised the money during her year as Chairman of East Lindsey District 
Council.

Councillor Watson, who was Chairman from 2013-14, raised a total of £2,741.24 during her year 
in office which was split between two RAF funds and Candles.

Councillor Watson said: “I chose Candles for personal reasons as I have suffered from breast cancer myself.

“Candles is a local registered charity which has played a crucial role in supporting 
research for more than a decade including key pioneering work carried out at the United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust, spearheaded by Professor Oleg Eremin and his colleagues.

“At present Candles is funding the VAPER study, investigating a form of therapy for patients who have exhausted 
conventional anti-cancer treatments.”

Councillor Watson added: This novel immunotherapy treatment is designed to activate the body’s immune system and destroy cancer cells.”

So far, Candles has raised £750,000 to help fund this research and hopes to soon reach the £1million mark.

The money raised by Councillor Watson was handed over to Pam Connock, co-founder and trustee of Candles, and Prof Eremin at the charity’s shop in Lincoln.

As Lincolnshire is an RAF County, during her year in office Councillor Watson also supported the RAF Bomber Command Memorial Project and Benevolent Fund, which commemorate the past and acknowledge service provided by RAF personnel and their families today.

• Visit www.candlescharity.webeden.co.uk for more information about the Candles cancer charity.