Whalley teenager raises £4,000 for cancer charity

Francesca's dad Steven, Francesca, CLIC Sargent representative Vicki Moore and Francesca's mum Katherine. (s)

Francesca's dad Steven, Francesca, CLIC Sargent representative Vicki Moore and Francesca's mum Katherine. (s)

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A suite at Mytton Fold Golf Club, Langho, fell silent at Francesca Wheatley’s charity ball when slides of children with cancer were shown.

The 170 guests attending the charity event were supporting CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity.

Francesca (18), of Whalley, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010 and took her GCSE exams attached to a drip, has been fundraising for the charity for the past two years.

She said: “CLIC Sargent brought me in touch with a group of teenagers and young adults with cancer at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

“The network of friends I have developed through CLIC Sargent has helped to sustain me in the period since my treatment finished.”

In the gardens candles were lit in memory of all the ward 84 Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Christie’s “angels” who have died in the last few years.

The energy for the evening was reinvigorated with an appearance of the flash mob dancers who raised money in Manchester back in April.

Francesca, who hopes to go to university to read social policy this autumn, is now busy totalling up what was raised. So far it’s just over £4,000.

She thanked everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and silent auction ,plus all who made donations as well as the duo The Remedy, photographer Bradley Hamer and all who attended the ball.