Big thank to can­cer char­ity fundrais­ers

Caernarfon Herald - - CHARITY FOCUS -

AFUNDRAISING group from Mold has been com­mended for its 67 years of ded­i­ca­tion to North West Can­cer Re­search at the char­ity’s 70th an­niver­sary awards cer­e­mony.

The Mold-based fundrais­ing com­mit­tee for North West Can­cer Re­search was handed the Pres­i­dent’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the cel­e­bra­tory gala after rais­ing more than £1mil­lion since 1952.

Pre­sented by Pres­i­dent of North West Can­cer Re­search, Michael Potts, the accolade was awarded to the group to thank it for its ef­forts in hold­ing fundrais­ing events and com­mu­nity work to raise aware­ness of the char­ity and raise money for life­sav­ing can­cer re­search.

Since its for­ma­tion, the ded­i­cated group has worked with the lo­cal com­mu­nity pro­vid­ing lunches, af­ter­noon teas and char­ity balls. In 2012, to mark the groups 60th an­niver­sary, fundrais­ers em­barked on a year-long cam­paign to raise more than £60,000. They more than met this tar­get through golf days and coast-to-coast walks.

The award com­mem­o­rated both the group’s cur­rent mem- bers, some who have been with the char­ity for decades, as well as its past mem­bers.

Dur­ing the awards speech, trib­utes were given to the in­spi­ra­tional Beryl Pow­ell, for­mer chair of the group, who passed away ear­lier in the year after a life­time spent rais­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds for North West Can­cer Re­search and other good causes.

Beryl was a mem­ber of the Mold com­mit­tee for 56 years and, for the 30 years she was chair, she the com­mit­tee raised more than £800,000.

Sharon Knott, Chair of North West Can­cer Re­search Mold com­mit­tee, said: “The whole group was hon­oured to have re­ceived the Pres­i­dent’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award. We all work very hard to raise money and it’s nice to be recog­nised for our ef­forts.

“Win­ning the award was also a great trib­ute to Beryl as she had such a big in­flu­ence on mak­ing the Mold com­mit­tee what it is to­day.

“As well as the hard work from all the com­mit­tee mem­bers, we are very grate­ful to the com­mu­nity of Mold for their con­tin­ued sup­port at our fundrais­ing events. With their help, we have raised £26,500 this year alone.”

The gala din­ner hon­oured the ef­forts of the char­ity’s life-long fundrais­ers and re­searchers, who, to­gether, have helped the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­come one of the lead­ing in­de­pen­dent can­cer re­search char­i­ties in the region.

In the last 18 years, the char­ity has sup­ported £39m worth of re­search across the North West, sup­port­ing ground-break­ing projects at Univer­sity of Liver­pool, Lan­caster Univer­sity and Ban­gor Univer­sity.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded Lord Mostyn, the Lord Mayor of Liver­pool and the Lord-Lieu­tenant of Mersey­side, as well as Roger Phillips who hosted the awards.

Alas­tair Richards, CEO of North West Can­cer Re­search, said: “On be­half of ev­ery­one at North West Can­cer Re­search, I would like thank all of our fundrais­ers, re­searchers, cor­po­rate sup­port­ers and donors, whose con­tin­ued ef­forts have guided us over the last 70 years.

“The awards al­lowed us to re­flect on their col­lec­tive achieve­ments so far. We are cur­rently fund­ing 50 re­search projects and our net­work of fundrais­ers is grow­ing ev­ery day, help­ing us con­tinue to fund in­no­va­tive life-sav­ing re­search here in the North West.”

To find out more about North West Can­cer Re­search, visit: www.nwcr.org

THE in­au­gu­ral Old Col­wyn Christ­mas Mar­ket has re­ceived a £500 fund­ing boost from the Co-op.Tak­ing place on 15 and 16 De­cem­ber, in Cefn Road, Old Col­wyn, the event will in­clude lo­cal craft and food stalls, Santa’s grotto, don­key rides, face paint­ing and en­ter­tain­ment.Cefn Road will be closed to traf­fic to al­low the mar­ket to take place.The do­na­tion – pre­sented by Co-op stores in Cefn Road, Old Col­wyn, and the com­mu­nity re­tailer’s petrol fill­ing sta­tion and store in Abergele Road – will sup­port the set-up costs of host­ing the event.James Owen, Store Man­ager of the Cefn Road Co-op, said : “As a com­mu­nity re­tailer, the Co-op is com­mit­ted to work­ing to­gether to con­nect com­mu­ni­ties and bring peo­ple to­gether – mak­ing a dif­fer­ence lo­cally.“We are de­lighted to be work­ing closely with and sup­port­ing the or­gan­is­ers, it prom­ises to be a fan­tas­tic event.” The in­au­gu­ral Old Col­wyn Christ­mas Mar­ket has re­ceived a £500 fund­ing boost from the Co-op.

● Fundrais­ers have been hon­oured for life-sav­ing can­cer re­search ef­forts

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