Sam's Scandinavian success

13th March 2017

York Against Cancer has some fantastic fundraisers, but not many of them are as far-flung as teenager Sam Jones.

Sam, 14, organised a treasure hunt for younger schoolchildren to raise money for us in Stavanger, Norway.

Sam is the grandson of the former Lord Mayor of York, Councillor David Horton, and his wife, Jane, and lives in Stavanger with his parents,  Dr Richard and Rebecca Jones.

He organised the fundraiser at the British International School of Stavanger after being told that his grandad was being treated for cancer, and hearing about our work.

“I really liked the idea of the mobile chemotherapy unit to take treatment closer to home for people,” said Sam, who immediately thought that the fundraiser would be a great way to tackle the community action project he needed to do as part of his school work.

The hunt involved children hunting for wooden pegs to exchange for sweet treats, with one lucky youngster winning a golden egg prize.

The hunt raised £260 for York Against Cancer, which Sam presented to our General Manager Julie Russell during a visit to York to see his grandparents.

Sam’s charity effort continues the family’s tradition of raising money for us – Councillor Horton chose York Against Cancer as one of his charities of the year during his second term as Lord Mayor during 2011.

Sam’s grandma Jane Horton said: “It was really nice that he wanted to do something to help Grandad. Six years ago he raised a lot of money for YAC, so he is carrying it on.”

Julie Russell, our general manager, said: “Sam showed great initiative and thoughtfulness in the way he put this event together for us. We’re very grateful to him and all the children and their families for their generosity towards York Against Cancer.”