Cllr Yvette Hopley, Shadow Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “The tragic reality is that child cancer has affected so many across Croydon – from the youngsters themselves to relatives, classmates and neighbours. Our borough is united in doing everything we can to make a tangible difference. It’s been a privilege to have the chance to make this donation and we will do all we can to help the trust raise the necessary funds to make their vision a lasting reality.”

Inspired by the great work of the Trust, Croydon Conservatives have thrown themselves into wider fundraising activities to help secure the necessary cash. A team of councillors have entered into The Great Croydon 5K walk in Lloyd Park on the 5th May and have been encouraging community members to sponsor them.

Cllr Tim Pollard, leader of the Croydon Conservatives Groups said; “The whole of our group has really enjoyed getting to know more about the fantastic work of The Chartwell Cancer Trust. We want to do more to help and the Lloyd Park walk was – quite literally – the next step in this partnership. Our enthusiasm might outstrip our fitness a bit so we’re not making any promises on time – but the fact that every step we take will make a big difference will no doubt spur us on to the finishing line.”

In the months that follow, Councillors will also be reaching out to resident associations and other local community groups to develop new fundraising initiatives for the Lily Pad Appeal.