RESTAURANT owners from Wirral have raised £15,000 in just three months for a blood cancer research charity following a myeloma diagnosis.

Elaine Kinsella, 57, from Oxton was diagnosed with myeloma following a routine blood test in January 2021 after undergoing treatment less than a year before for thyroid cancer.

From October to January 2022, Elaine and her husband Peter who have jointly run the Lunya restaurant in Hanover Street, and Lunyalita on the Albert Docks for over 12 years, invited customers to add an extra pound onto their bill which went into a charity donation pot with the promise of the final fundraising total being matched by the couple.  

Elaine said: “We are so thankful to all our customers and friends who have donated money, especially over Christmas and in the New Year which is an expensive time of year for many.”

Wirral Globe: Elaine and Peter KinsellaElaine and Peter Kinsella

Over the three months, £7,500 was raised from donations and with their personally matched donation, bought the final figure to £15,000.

The sum was split and donated to LMRUK, WL&M Myeloma and the Liverpool Haematology Patient Support Group.  

Elaine said: “Now that I am in remission and on the road to recovery, I can’t wait to get back into the restaurants and see everyone again.

Wirral Globe: Elaine and LukeElaine and Luke

“In the meantime, I’ll be resting, walking Churros our 18-month-old Cockapoo and enjoying time with my family and grandson, Luke who was born in June last year.”

Over the next three months, Elaine and Peter have said they will continue to raise money for Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool and have committed the business to carry on fundraising for other charities close to their and their customers’ hearts.