Bond eases ladies closer to ‘M’

Money raised at the Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies annual Charity Ball. From the left, Yvonne Canning, Connie Moore, Karen Mendoros , Sarah McPhee (CRUK representative), Janet Hartley, Julie Watson, Karen Weaving
Money raised at the Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies annual Charity Ball. From the left, Yvonne Canning, Connie Moore, Karen Mendoros , Sarah McPhee (CRUK representative), Janet Hartley, Julie Watson, Karen Weaving

A JAMES Bond-themed charity ball helping to fund reasearch into childhood cancers made more than £33,000 in a single night!

The Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies charity is now within reach of hitting the magic £1M. mark in money raised since it was founded just 14 years ago.

Its members were overwhelmed by the amount raised at the group’s annual Charity Ball, held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton, earlier this month. They raise funds on behalf of Cancer Research UK, specifically for reasearch into childhood cancers.

The group has its roots in the Ribble Valley, founded from The Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn, when it was run by Karen and Malcolm Weaving. When the couple moved across the border to Yorkshire to take over The Rendezvous, the already-successful fund-raising group was expanded to become the Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies.

Commenting on the latest fantastic fund-raiser, Karen Weaving said: “This is a key event in our fundraising calendar and to have raised £33,134 in such challenging economic times was beyond our wildest expectations.”

BBC TV presenter Nicola Rees hosted the “Licensed to Thrill” James Bond-themed Ball, which was attended by 180 guests who enthusiastically signed up to the OO7 flavour of the evening.

Mikala Leigh, popular young vocalist from Blackpool, donated her time and considerable talent to keep everyone entertained, attracting huge applause with her opening number, the theme from the most recent Bond film, “Skyfall”.

Guests were also treated to a short set from the enormously talented 14-year-old Grace O’ Malley, from Rossendale, winner of the under-15 Vocalist of the Year competition at the 2012 Llangollen Eisteddfod and an active supporter of the charity.

Nigel Smith from Tennants Auctioneers of Harrogate conducted a charity auction which included a variety of unique lots all attracting eager and generous bids from supporters.

Professor Alex Markham, former Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK , delivered an inspirational and motivating account of the encouraging progress made through research in recent years in the battle to fight cancer.

Following the announcement of the amount raised during the event, the RV&WRL committee chairman Karen Mendoros thanked supporters for an incredible achievement, saying: “This evening you have yet again done us and CRUK proud.

“The astounding amount raised tonight brings our fundraising total since we started 14 years ago to a magnificent £965,628. Just over £34,000 to go now before we can all celebrate reaching that magical million pounds goal!”

The next big fund-raiser in the RV&WRL calendar is a “Party in the Park” event featuring a variety of local bands, vocalists and musicians on June 29th at Alkincoats Park in Colne.