Double 50th Celebrations to Raise Funds for Cancer Patients in Yorkshire

29 April 2019

A double birthday celebration ball is aiming to raise £20,000 to help local people living with cancer.

Sara Williamson and her friend Charone Dyer, both diagnosed with cancer, will turn 50 in May. Not content with just celebrating this milestone, these determined ladies - both Yorkshire born and bred - have organised ‘The White Rose Ball’ to support other patients like themselves.

Sara Williamson, who will turn 50 in May.

The ball, which will take place at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds on Saturday 25 May, will include a three-course dinner, auction and a raffle, along with live music, a DJ and some very special guests!

All money raised on the night will be divided equally between five Yorkshire cancer charities who have been involved in the ladies’ cancer journey: Breast Cancer Haven Yorkshire, Leeds Cares (supporting the Leeds Cancer Centre), Macmillan Cancer Support, MY (Mid Yorkshire) Breast Cancer Support and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Sara is three years on from her breast cancer diagnosis, but still has four rounds of major surgery ahead of her. Her treatment plan has been ‘stop-start’ ever since she went into heart failure during chemotherapy. She says she can’t find enough praise for the clinical, emotional and practical care she has received from the NHS and local support networks that have kept her going since diagnosis: “Once you’re on the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis, your life changes forever. But, with the right care and support, you can be helped to make the most of whatever lies ahead.”

Sara, alongside her friends and supporters, has already raised more than £100,000 for cancer support in Yorkshire. In addition to fundraising, Sara works alongside clinicians and strategists responsible for developing cancer care in Yorkshire, sharing her own personal cancer experience with others. She has contributed to several awareness videos and regularly speaks at events. Her efforts have also brought her to the attention of many of the regional media personalities who will also be lending their support to help her make her White Rose Ball a success.

Tickets for the event are just £50 each and can be purchased by emailing Sara at

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Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 583 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
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    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
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    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
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