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Issue:- 5 December 2014

Southport Volunteers Raise Thousands for Cancer Research

A group of dedicated volunteers has awarded £21,000 to North West Cancer Research (NWCR) following a yearlong calendar of fundraising activity. The Southport based fundraising committee handed a cheque for the amount to NWCR at its annual festive coffee morning earlier this month. The money will help facilitate cancer research projects in the North West, including those at nearby University of Liverpool.

Fundraising highlights this year included events such as the Summer Sparkle in July and the annual Chinese Banquet night at the Ho Lee Chow restaurant on Rotten Row, which alone has helped raise an astonishing £4,000 for the charity.

Not ones to rest on their laurels, the Southport committee made an impressive £950 at their annual festive coffee morning on 26 November at the Southport Masonic Lodge. Tickets to the event cost £3.50 and featured a selection of stalls selling festive items, such as homemade cakes and mince pies, arts and crafts, gifts and NWCR Christmas Cards.

One of the highlights of the morning was a raffle which raised £250 of the final fundraising total, with the top prize a slow cooker generously donated by the local Tesco store at Kew. Other prizes were donated by local businesses and committee members.

Olive Cutts, chair of the NWCR Southport Committee, said:- “What a wonderful way to end a year's worth of fundraising. Christmas is the perfect time of year for us all to come together and look back over the hard work of the committee and the generosity of the local people to date. On behalf of everyone on the committee I would like to thank everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts over the years and helped us not only raise funds for cancer research, but helped raise awareness of the charity and the importance of the work it does. It's been an incredible year and we would like to wish everyone involved a very happy festive season!”

Anne Jackson, Chief Executive NWCR, said:- “Our Southport volunteers always work incredibly hard throughout the year and the fact that they have raised £21,000 in just one year is a testament to that. Research is vital to our understanding of cancer and to help us better detect, treat and prevent it and we can only carry out this research thanks to the work of our fund raising committees all over the North West.”

NWCR has funded £2million into research projects this year alone, helping to increase our understanding of cancer and how to better detect, treat and prevent it. More information about NWCR can be found online.

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