New Faces Singer Helps
Sweeten Afternoon Tea Fundraiser
SINGER Julie A Scott who has performed
in front of audiences of thousands, as well as for the Royal Family, entertained
a group of Southport residents helping them raise money for cancer research.
Julie, who shot to fame on ITV's talent show New Faces in the early 80's, sang
for 120 guests at Hillside Golf Club during the afternoon tea event organised by
North West Cancer Research's Southport based fundraising committee.
She sang a selection of songs through the ages, providing the perfect
accompaniment to the teas, coffees and homemade cakes and pastries enjoyed by
More than £1,000 was raised through ticket sales and a bumper raffle, which has
been donated to North West Cancer Research, the region's biggest locally based
funder of cancer research.
The charity has committed to funding more than £13million worth of cancer
research over the next 5 years, approximately £9million of which will be spent
at nearby University of Liverpool.
Chair of the Southport committee Olive Cutts has been raising money for the
charity for 26 years, after her son survived a blastoma of the eye when he was
just 11 years old. She said:- "I'm thrilled with the success of this
year's afternoon tea event. It was a really enjoyable day and made even better
by the fact that all the money will go toward North West Cancer research. I'd
like to thank the committee and the wonderful staff at Hillside Golf Club who
help us every year with their time and facilities; without their help this event
couldn't have happened. Cancer can be a devastating disease, but research is
helping improve our understanding of it and is giving more people like my son
the chance to survive it. This is why it is so important to our committee to
support North West Cancer Research, as we know whatever money we raise will go
on to help eliminate the disease in the future."
Money raised by the afternoon tea will support research at the
University of Liverpool, such as a 3 year project looking at the role of the HPV
virus in head and neck cancers and a clinical trial which will help improve the
treatment of bile duct cancer.
It will also help fund the next generation of research scientists. North West
Cancer Research currently funds 16 PhD studentships at the University of
Liverpool as well as 7 intercalating students who started their placements this
Bobby Magee, fundraising manager at North West Cancer Research said:-
"It's really good to see events like this help raise money for the charity.
Olive and the rest of the Southport committee have hosted many successful events
like this and the money raised really does make a huge difference."
The next event to be organised by Olive and the Southport committee is its
annual Chinese Banquet, on 16 September 2016, at Ho Lee Chows Chinese
Restaurant. Tickets are available from Olive Cutts on:- 01704 807857 or from Ho
Lee Chows restaurant on Rotten Row.
North West Air Ambulance Charity throws down
THE North West Air Ambulance Charity has been announced as
the nominated cause for the 2016 Gauntlet Games and event organisers are calling
for people from across the region to crawl, swing and slide their way through a
wacky obstacle course, in an effort to keep the charity's helicopters in the
air. The Gauntlet Games takes place in Manchester's Heaton Par, on Saturday, 3
September 2016. 5km or 10km of inflatable, water and climbing obstacles stand
between the start and finish lines, with real Gladiators to compete against.
Obstacles to negotiate include the 'Flume of Doom' water slide,
rocking see saws and even a joust pit. With no time limit, the 5km race is
suitable for participants of all fitness levels, and is billed as a hilarious
day out for friends and family, with the 10km option throwing in some extra
challenges. Participants who choose to compete as part of the North West Air
Ambulance Charity team receive exclusive discounts, as well as raising vital
funds to keep the charity's fleet flying 365 days a year. They also receive a
T-shirt, water bottle and medal to wear with pride. Linda de Sa, Challenge
Events Officer at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, says:- "The
Gauntlet Games are a real 1 off event and we're thrilled to have been selected
as their nominated charity. When else will you get the chance to try out such a
brilliant range of obstacles; all while raising money that goes straight to save
lives all over the North West? Last year, we flew over 2,000 rescue missions
throughout the region, funded entirely by public donations. We encourage anyone
who's looking for a day out with a difference to join our Gauntlet Games team
now and be part of a truly lifesaving adventure."
The Gauntlet Games take place in Heaton Park on Saturday 3rd September, with
start times between:- 9:30 and 11:30. To sign up, visit:-
TheGauntletGames.Co.UK, and sign up to join
the:- 'North West Air Ambulance Charity' team. Use the code:-
'NWAA5' to secure your discount.
A charity event is planned to mark the Isle of Man leg
of an epic journey around the British Isles
TO celebrate its 40th Anniversary of
the Morris Minor, the Morris Minor Owners Club have arranged for a standard
specification 1962 Morris Minor 4 door saloon to travel from John O'Groats to
Land's End. Instead of using the most direct route, the car, driven by Bruce
Kelsey, will criss cross Britain in an attempt to visit every branch of the MMOC
and several locations with links to the history of the car and the club.
The journey of more than 3,000 miles is expected to take up to 5 weeks with
events being held at each of the 75 planned stops to raise money for charity.
The car travels to the Island on 4 September 2016, with transport costs
supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Wades Truck Services.
On the day the car arrives in Douglas, the Isle of Man branch of the club will
host an event in the B&Q car park on Spring Valley Industrial Estate. Starting
at 10am, it will feature several locally owned Morris Minors from between 1949
and 1971, with the marathon car due to arrive shortly after 2pm. There will be
collections for Marie Curie, which is being supported by the MMOC charity
marathon, and Hospice Isle of Man, which will have representatives at the event.
Bernie Wade from the Isle of Man branch of the MMOC said:- "We're really
pleased the Island could be included in this historic journey and hope we'll
have a good turnout to greet Bruce. It'll not only be a great opportunity to see
a wonderful display of cars and chat to the owners, but also a chance to support
very worthwhile charities. We're very grateful to the Isle of Man Steam Packet
Company for its support, as well as to B&Q for its help in putting on the
event." Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:-
"We look forward to welcoming Bruce and the visiting car to the Isle of
Man and hope the local branch's event enjoys a good turnout and raises plenty of
money for 2 very deserving causes." So keep an eye out in
Liverpool to see it pass through on it's way to the ferry boat.