Lydiate fundraisers boost the fight against cancer


A fundraising group from Lydiate set up in memory of family and friends who lost their battle with cancer has raised more than £3,235 for a local cancer research charity at its recent event.

Shirley Brown and her son Michael Brown from Lydiate set up the new Lydiate fundraising committee with friends Lesley Blundell and Robert Blundell in January 2015 to raise funds in aid of the region’s leading cancer charity, North West Cancer Research (NWCR).

The group’s first fundraising event for NWCR, the Lydiate Classic Car and Bike Show took place on Sunday (July 5), helping rev up the fundraising drive.

Despite the showers, more than 1500 petrol heads and supporters of the charity cruised along to Lydiate Parish Hall to see more than 300 classic cars, bikes, buses and military vehicles. The event raised a total of £3,235 for NWCR.

The quartet have been long-time fundraisers for various cancer charities and were inspired to set up the new fundraising group for NWCR after looking for a cancer research charity with a local focus.

Lesley Blundell, secretary of the Lydiate Committee, said: “In some way or another cancer sadly affects everyone. All of the members of our committee have lost loved ones to this dreadful disease.

I’ve lost my father to lung cancer, Shirley’s lost her husband and Michael his father, while Robert has lost a brother and an uncle to the disease.

“We have all known each other many years and wanted to create something good to honour their memories. It’s important that we do everything we can to help find a cure and prevent other local people from suffering as a result of this awful disease.

“Every penny we raise will fund scientists working here in the North West and benefit people living locally.

“The classic car and bike show was a massive success, despite the wet weather. On behalf of the committee I’d like to thank everyone who attended for their support and all the volunteers who helped make the day possible.

“We will be holding lots more fundraising events throughout the year, including a monthly attic sale at Ince Blundell Village Hall and hope the local community continue their generous support.”

Anne Jackson, CEO of NWCR, said: “This is an outstanding amount of money raised from just one event and on behalf of NWCR I would like to thank the committee and everyone who attended for their generosity and support.

“I’m pleased to welcome the Lydiate committee to the North West Cancer Research family. Our network of volunteers do fantastic work locally, helping to educate people about the work we do locally and raise awareness about cancer and encourage people to talk openly about it.

“Support from local communities is essential. Without it we wouldn’t be able to commit to funding the £1.4m of new research projects in the North West which we’re currently supporting to help people in the region in the fight against cancer.”

NWCR facilitates local research projects, helping us improve our understanding of cancer and how to better detect, treat and prevent it. Its work directly benefits people living in the North West and North Wales.

Founded in 1948, NWCR is one of the oldest independent medical charities in the North West and has grown to become the region’s largest cancer research charity funding more than £30m worth of world-class cancer research projects locally.

So far this year NWCR has announced a record £1.4million worth of funding for cancer research at the University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster and Bangor University.

The newly formed Lydiate committee is the latest addition to North West Cancer Research’s network of volunteers and committees which spans Merseyside, Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, North Shropshire and North and Mid Wales.

For more information on how you can support the new Lydiate committee contact Lesley on [email protected].


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