Singer helps sweeten Strawberry Tea cancer research fundraiser
A local singer, who has performed for the likes of the Royal family, has helped a team of Southport-based fundraisers collect over £1,000 to support cancer research projects in the North West.
Liverpool born Julie A Scott, who shot to fame on ITV’s talent show New Faces in the early eighties, entertained over 120 guests at this year’s annual Strawberry Tea fundraiser with a selection of songs through the ages, as well as a special rendition of ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ to commemorate this year’s World War One centenary milestone.
Held at the Hillside Golf Club on August 6th guests were treated to an afternoon tea of cakes and a pastries’ overlooking the golf course, courtesy of the golf club’s catering staff. Money was also raised through ticket sales and a raffle which featured prizes including bottles of wine and beauty products generously donated by committee members.
All the money raised will be donated to North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research, which facilitates research into the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including studies at the nearby University of Liverpool.
The event was organised by the Southport-based NWCR fundraising committee who have been tirelessly raising money for the charity since 1957. Chair of the committee Olive Cutts is just one of around 16 volunteers who gives her time to supporting the work of the charity, despite having battled with breast cancer herself.
Olive hopes that as well as raising money that the event will inspire others affected by cancer to support the fight against the disease.
She said: “Cancer affects everyone at some point in our lives, whether that’s directly or through a loved one. By continuing to support North West Cancer Research I hope we are able to continue to increase our understanding of cancer, with the aim of improving the lives of those who are affected by it.
“We had a fantastic turnout for the Strawberry Tea and it was a wonderful afternoon. Events like these don’t just happen by themselves and they take a lot of hard work to organise, which is why I would like to thank all of the committee members, Julie A Scott and Hillside Golf Club for their efforts.
“Also a big thank you to all our guests who gave generously and made this an afternoon to remember.”
The Southport committee is one of over twenty regional committees in North and Mid-Wales who support NWCR. Its network of volunteers also covers Merseyside, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire. Around 85p of every pound raised by these committees is put into actual research which equates to around £750,000 a year.
Anne Jackson, Chief Executive of NWCR, said: “Our committees are vital in allowing us to fund cancer research which has a direct impact on those living in the North West. The money goes straight into funding studies at local universities so we’re hugely grateful to those who attended and gave generously.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity so it’s great to see such an active committee really making a difference to cancer care.”
NWCR is a leading regional charity which raises money to achieve a better understanding of cancer and directly benefit people living in the North West. To date it has raised over £28million to fund cancer research projects in the North West of England and North Wales.
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