Chinese banquet raises thousands for local cancer research

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Generous foodies have helped raise £2,900 for local charity North West Cancer Research at a Chinese banquet fundraiser.

85 people attended the sold out event at Ho Lee Chows restaurant in Southport to raise money for the region’s biggest funder of cancer research projects, North West Cancer Research.

Organised by the Southport fundraising group of North West Cancer Research, guests enjoyed a delicious Chinese feast which raised £500. A further £800 was raised through a raffle and game of heads and tails, which was then twice match funded by Barclaycard taking the overall total to £2,900.

Money raised will be donated to North West Cancer Research to support scientists at the University of Liverpool who are working to improve our understanding of cancer and how to better diagnose, treat and prevent it.

Olive Cutts, chair of the local fundraising group, said: “We always receive tremendous support when we host these kinds of events and we were once again blessed by the turnout on the night.

“Christine and Warren, owners of Ho Lee Chows, went to a great deal of trouble to make sure everyone had a good time and I want to personally thank them for continuing to help us.

“The night was packed with delicious food and great entertainment, but most importantly it helped to raise thousands of pounds to fund lifesaving cancer research here in the North West, which will make a big difference.

“On behalf of the charity, I would like to thank the local businesses, including Barclaycard, Tesco and Victoria Leisure, who have been so generous in donating gifts for the raffle.”

North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more than £13 million worth of cancer research over the next five years – approximately £9 million of which will be spent at nearby University of Liverpool.

Bobby Magee, fundraising manager at North West Cancer Research, added: “This is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Southport fundraising committee, who continue to support us year after year.

“All money raised will help support our researchers in the fight against cancer, which is why the work of fundraisers is so important if we are to continue to fund this vital research.”

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