Southport fundraisers donate record amount to
life saving cancer research
A team of local fundraisers has raised a record breaking
?35,000 for charity North West Cancer Research; more than doubling 2015's
The Southport based fundraising committee, has worked tirelessly throughout the
year organising an exciting calendar of events. Highlights include an afternoon
tea event, fashion show, a Chinese banquet evening and several coffee mornings.
Additional funds were raised by friends and family of the
committee who completed various fundraising challenges, such as a sky dive from
10,000ft and a mammoth swimathon, which covered the equivalent distance of
swimming the English Channel 3 times over, in the swimming pool, at Victoria Leisure
and Fitness Centre. All money raised has been donated to North West Cancer Research
to support life saving cancer research projects at nearby University of
Committee chair Olive Cutts met with North West Cancer Research President
Michael Potts who accepted the cheque for ?35,000 at its Annual Christmas Coffee
Morning. The event kick started 2017's fundraising drive raising more than
?1,200 and attracting 100 guests from the local area.
Olive Cutts, said:- "It has been a wonderful year. I can't believe how
generous everyone has been over the past 12 months. Their kind support and
donations will spur the committee on to make next year even more successful;
although ?35,000 will take some beating. On behalf of the committee, I would
like to thank everyone who attended our Christmas coffee morning and making it
another successful event. It was a great way to say thank you to our supporters
for their continued and generous support. I wish them all a very merry
Christmas and a happy New Year."
Research which has been supported by the efforts of the Southport volunteers,
includes the use of proton beam therapies to treat head and neck cancers, the
development of effective skin cancer drugs and a first of its kind clinical
trial for patients with bile duct cancer.
North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more that ?13million worth
of research, over the next 5 years; with ?8.1million of which will be spent on
projects based in Merseyside.
Cathy Scivier, CEO, North West Cancer Research said:- "This is a fantastic
achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Southport
fundraising committee. I would like to thank everyone involved in their
generosity and for their continued support year after year. Without the
vital work of our local fundraising committees, such as Southport, we would not
be able to sustain or fund the world class research projects which directly
benefit people living in the region."