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Dad supports cancer cause with a fountain of cash

Tony Verdon (centre) with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and a few of the many thousands of coins collected from the Stables Fountain at Chatsworth House. Almost 260,000 coins were collected raising �7,000 for the macmillan Cancer appeal

Tony Verdon (centre) with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and a few of the many thousands of coins collected from the Stables Fountain at Chatsworth House. Almost 260,000 coins were collected raising �7,000 for the macmillan Cancer appeal

A dad who lost his son to cancer has helped make a £7,000 donation to a cancer charity – by leading a project to clean and sort more than 250,000 coins from the fountain at Chatsworth.

Tony Verdon’s son Sam died aged 22 last August from bile duct cancer, which spread to his liver. Sam was helped by Macmillan Cancer Support, which provided palliative care and advice.

The coins filled nearly 90 bags once fished from the Stables fountain, where they had been for eight years. Tony, from Derby, met the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire to hand over the donation.

 

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