A local fundraising committee has raised £1,200 at its annual summer lunch to help fund cancer research projects in the region.

The Southport committee of North West Cancer Research (NWCR) welcomed 85 locals at this year’s Summer Sparkle lunch.

The event, which is now in its eleventh year, took place on July 8 at the home and gardens of Joan and Niall Roy, who once again opened their doors to the public.

Tickets for the event cost £10 and included homemade canapés and sparkling wine on arrival. Guests bought generously from various stalls and enjoyed a raffle with prizes kindly donated by committee members and charity supporters.

The money raised from the Summer Sparkle event has been donated to NWCR to facilitate vital cancer research projects in the region and directly benefit people in the North West, including at the nearby University of Liverpool.

Olive Cutts, chairman of the Southport NWCR Committee, said: “Our Summer Sparkle is always a popular event and this year was no different, despite the fact the weather wasn’t on our side.

“We’re thrilled to have welcomed so many people and to have raised an outstanding amount for NWCR. It clearly shows the passion people have to support local charities and help us beat cancer.

“I’d like to thank Joan and Niall for letting us use their beautiful garden once again and a say a big thank you to everyone that came along on the day and helped make it another special event.”

Anne Jackson, CEO of NWCR, said: “The success of the event is testament to the strength of our local fundraising committee in Southport and the time and energy they devote, as well as the generosity of the local community.

“The Summer Sparkle event is always very popular with the local residents and our Southport committee have once again done a fantastic job to raise so much money.

“Without the vital work of the local fundraising committees, like Southport, and the generosity of our supporters, we wouldn’t be able to sustain or fund the world-class research projects in the North West which directly benefits people living in the region.”

The next fundraising event hosted by the Southport Committee will be Afternoon Tea at Hillside Golf Club on Wednesday 19 August where guests will be able to enjoy live entertainment from local singer Julie A Scott who will be performing a Cilla Black tribute show.


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