HERTS County Councillor Leanda Newlyn is one of nine authority members who have banded together to boost cancer charity Teens Unite.
They have given a total of £4,600 to the good cause, which supports 13 to 24-year-olds who have or are recovering from the disease and other life-limiting illnesses.
The charity is currently helping over 300 young people. It runs motivational workshops and has recently opened a respite home in Broxbourne where teens can socialise and receive support from peers who are facing similar challenges, while their families have a break.
Cllr Newlyn, who represents Bishop’s Stortford Rural ward, joined forces with Councillors Alan Searing (Hoddesdon South) Dave Hewitt (Cheshunt Central) Peter Ruffles (St Andrews) Deirdre Gates (South Oxhey) Alan Plancey (Borehamwood North) Eddie Roach (Potters Bar East) Ron Tindall (Hemel Hempstead St Pauls) and Ian Reay (Dacorum Borough).
The cash will enable the charity to install a fire alarm and emergency lighting system and buy furnishings and a bed for the respite home.
The councillors agreed: “The future of our country lies in its youth and we all have a responsibility to give them whatever help we can when they face adversity.
“We are delighted to support Teens Unite Fighting Cancer and wish them success in all their future endeavours.”
A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Herts County Council to spend on community projects in their area.