Family Fun Day Raises Nearly £5,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

19 October 2016

A FUN day organised by the family of a cancer patient has raised nearly £5,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Dawn Gardham, from Brough near Hull, decided to organise the event after her husband Matthew was diagnosed with a rare germ cell tumour in his chest.

The couple, who have five children aged nine to four, were left devastated by the diagnosis and used the fun day as a positive focus for the whole family.

The event took place at the Crown and Anchor in Newport and featured live bands, a grand prize raffle, a magician and a talent competition. 

Matthew, 34, was diagnosed with cancer in February this year and has since undergone a four month course of chemotherapy and an operation to remove his tumour. Just days before the fun day the family found out that Matthew’s cancer had spread, and he is now preparing to undergo another course of chemotherapy which will not finish until after Christmas.

Dawn, 30, said: “We decided to hold the family fun day to raise much-needed funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research to help find more cures faster and to help stop other families going through all the pain we are. It was a way of giving us something good to focus on while waiting for Matthew’s operation.

“It was an amazing day and we can’t wait to do it all again next September. We are all amazed at the amount of money we raised and are forever thankful to all those who supported our day and helped to make it a success. This is a heart breaking time for us all, but we will not let cancer win. We are all fighters and will carry on fighting as long as we have to.”

Adrienne Hodgson, Regional Fundraiser for East Yorkshire at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “This was an incredible achievement by all of Dawn's family and friends - a family fun day enjoyed by many people in the village. We’re looking forward to it becoming an annual event after so many people said it had been the highlight of the village's social calendar.

“The money raised will make a huge difference in our aim to raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promote screening programmes to increase early detection and fund innovative research projects, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.”




Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email:

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 575 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.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
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    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
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