Ribble Valley ladies help raise £20,000 for cancer reserach

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A STAGGERING £20,000 was raised for cancer research and childhood cancers at a recent fund-raiser.

Members of the Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies charity were overwhelmed by the amount raised during a charity ball at The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton.

Mrs Karen Weaving, owner of the hotel and committee secretary, said: “The amount raised was staggering, especially in this difficult economic climate.

“More than 200 guests attended and did us proud. This means the charity will have raised more than £725,000 since its inception 10 years ago.”

The next major event for the charity will be its second Relay for Life to be held between July 9th and 10th, at Great Harwood Showground near Accrington.

It’s first Relay was held last year in Yorkshire and raised an astounding £124,000.

Chairman Karen Mendoros said she was immensely proud of the team and their efforts and all the people who turned up to make the event a huge success.

High Sheriff of Lancashire Dennis Mendoros subsequently presented the committee with a special High Sheriff’s award in recognition of “extraordinary and sustainable fund-raising services to the community”.

Commenting on the award, Mrs Weaving added: “This makes us want to work even harder to help eradicate cancer in children and demonstrates our commitment to live up to our adopted slogan – Together we will beat cancer.

“We want to encourage more teams to take part, so if you and your friends, or your company wish to form a team to support this deserving cause and take part in an amazing fund-raising 24-hour Relay for Life, then contact Yvonne Canning on Yvonne@acklambond.co.uk or Julie Watson on juliewatsonO9@btinternet.com.”