Call to Support Local Fundraising for Life-Saving Cancer Research

A group of fundraisers led by a Formby cancer hero are looking for local people to pledge their support and help them raise money for life-saving cancer research.

Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer and one in three of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.

The Sefton-based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is now looking for volunteers to act as regional cancer heroes and raise money for cancer research.

Jim Brown, 72, from Formby,  set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer support group The Daisy Chain. Wanting to widen his support for cancer-based charities, he set up the fundraising group with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.

Jim who has lived in Formby all his life, was first inspired to work with local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

He said: “When we got Joan’s cancer diagnosis, it was a shock for us all. But thanks to treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she’s now doing much better.

“Watching her go through her treatment was hard, but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for them and their loved ones.

“Research is an incredibly important part of the cancer journey. It’s more than just finding a cure for cancer, but it’s also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer but are easier for patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side-effects that many treatments do today.

“I’ve been to the research labs at the North West Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already making.”

The group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise money for this life-saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help organise fundraising events in the local community.

Jim added: “You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any contribution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight against cancer.”

To find out more contact Jim on brownchest@yahoo.co.uk or call 01704 574787.

Cancer fundraisers bring summer sparkle to Southport

A group of Southport fundraisers have held a summer event to raise more than £1,500 for local charity North West Cancer Research.

More than 100 guests gathered on 5 July at the annual Summer Sparkle organised by the charity’s Southport-based fundraising group.

Tickets to the event cost £10 which included a chilled glass of bubbly upon arrival and a selection of canapes handmade made by the fundraising group.

Held in the residential garden of Alan and Heather Sidebottom on Brocklebank Road, the event featured variety of stalls, allowing guests to browse through silk arrangements, jewellery and homemade produce.

A raffle which featured prizes such as award-winning wines and gift vouchers contributed £400 to the final fundraising totals.

The afternoon, which has been running for over two decades, is the most popular event organised by the Southport fundraising group each year. This year their efforts helped to raise a total of £1,570 which has been donated to North West Cancer Research.

Olive Cutts, chair of the Southport fundraising group for North West Cancer Research, said:

“The Summer Sparkle is our most popular event and every year we see more and more people come along to support us and the charity.

“I’d like to thank the whole team involved who all contributed to the delicious homemade canapes and sourcing the wine on offer. We’re all very grateful to Alan and Heather who kindly let us use their beautiful garden.”

North West Cancer Research funds life-saving cancer research across the North West and has committed to funding more than £13million worth of research over the next five years.

Sara Cooper, Committee Engagement and Events Executive, North West Cancer Research, said:

“The Southport community love the Summer Sparkle and every year the amount they raise for us just seems to grow which is phenomenal. We’d like to thank the Southport fundraising group for their continuous support and hard work in the events they put on.”

The next event to be hosted by the Southport group with be the annual Afternoon Tea at Hillside Golf Club on 16 August. Tickets are £12 and the event will run from 13:30 to 14:00 and tables of six, eight and ten are available. For more information and to purchase a ticket, please contact Olive Cutts on 01704 807857.

Southport teenager Isobel follows in grandmother’s fundraising footsteps

A Southport teenager is preparing to follow in her grandmother’s fundraising footsteps.

Thirteen-year-old Isobel Cutts, a pupil at Greenbank High School, will hold a cake sale to raise money for North West Cancer Research, on Sunday (June 25).

The youngster will team up with Olive Cutts, who heads up the Southport-based fundraising group of the cancer research charity.

Girl Guide Isobel will hold the cake sale as part of her ambition to receive the Baden-Powell Challenge Award, which is the highest accolade a Guide can achieve.

This is not the first time she has joined forces with her grandmother – at Easter she helped to raise £100 for NWCR by selling knitted Easter chicks filled with chocolate.

Isobel said: “Me and my Grandma have been promoting the event over the past few weeks by giving out posters in the local area so we hope lots of people will come. My Grandma and the other members of her fundraising group have helped me out by offering to bake cakes for me to sell.”

The charity offers funding to the University of Liverpool and over the next five years has pledged £13million for research.

Sara Cooper, of NWCR, said: “Isobel is a great example of a young person giving up her time to support our charity and we hope others will be encouraged to follow suit.”

The cake sale will take place on the 25th June from 10:30am to 1pm on Isobel’s drive at 15 Lynton Road, Hillside.