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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-08-07

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Southport teenager paves the way for new generation of fundraisers

A teenager from Southport has raised more than ?400 for a local cancer research charity from a cake bake inspired by her grandmother's fundraising ventures. Isobel Cutts is the 13 year old granddaughter of Olive Cutts, the Chair of Southport's fundraising group for North West Cancer Research. Following in Olive's footstep's, Isobel turned her front drive into a cake stall selling hundreds of cakes to raise money for the charity. The Greenbank High pupil, supported by volunteers from her grandmother's fundraising group, baked a selection of cakes. On the menu was a mouth watering choice of chocolate fudge cakes, lemon drizzle, fruit cake and chocolate brownies. Priced between 50p and ₤2, the sale held in Hillside, Southport, raised a total of ₤470 which has been donated to North West Cancer Research. Isobel is on track to becoming a member of the Southport fundraising group for North West Cancer Research. This was the 2nd time she had joined forces with her grandmother after they worked together over Easter to raise more than ₤100 for the charity from knitted, chocolate filled chicks. As a 14th St. James' Birkdale Guide, Isobel was presented with the fundraiser badge by her unit leader Lynn Deacon as recognition for her efforts. This now brings the teenager more than ½ way to achieving the Baden Powell Challenge Award which is the highest accolade a Guide can achieve.

Isobel said:- "Lots of people came down to the cake sale. Thanks to my grandma and her friends who helped me by baking some of the cakes, I've managed to raise money to help important research into cancer. After seeing how much fun I had organising the stall, my friends seemed really impressed by it and want to get involved in my next events. I understand how important cancer research is and want to help my grandma and her team raise as much money as possible."

Olive, Isobel's grandmother, is part of the Southport based fundraising group for North West Cancer Research. The group hold regular activities and events to fundraise for the charity. North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more than ?13million worth of research over the next 5 years.

Sara Cooper, Committee Engagement and Events Executive, North West Cancer Research, said:- "Everyone at North West Cancer Research would like to thank Isobel for her efforts in her cake bake. It's nice to see someone so young get involved in fundraising and goes to show that anyone can do it. As an independently funded charity we rely on the good-will of people like Isobel as well as our army of fundraising groups all over the North West and Wales."

To find out more about the Southport based fundraising events for North West Cancer Research, contact Olive Cutts at:-


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