Pat’s Party raises £3,200 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

29 November 2019

A party held in memory of a popular Wakefield ‘nanna’ has raised over £3,200 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The event, organised by Natalie Hart in memory of her mum, Pat Greenhill, was attended by more than 200 people and included a raffle, auction and music provided by a local DJ.

Pat was 66 when she passed away from bowel cancer in 2018. She had retired a few years previously from her job as a customer service officer at Leeds City Council.

The party has raised over £3,200 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

Natalie said: “My mum was diagnosed 16 months prior to passing away. She’d never been one to visit to the doctors, so when she went to her GP with stomach pains we knew something wasn’t right. She was told it was terminal right from the start, but they offered her chemotherapy to slow things down.

“Mum spent the winters in India, and the treatment meant she was able to travel there one final time with family and friends. While there she went paragliding, which was something on her bucket list. She also went on two family holidays to Greece with her husband, son, daughter, their spouses and grandchildren. 

“When she was ill she never complained, and while she was fit enough she lived life as well as she could. She was super positive, which made it easier for the family to deal with. My mum will be remembered by her sense of humour. She was a very funny lady, full of life and such good fun.”

"My mum will be remembered by her sense of humour. She was a very funny lady, full of life and such good fun.”

Pat received her chemotherapy at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, and Natalie was inspired by a member of staff to raise money for more research. 

Pat’s Party took place at Carlton Social Club, Wakefield, and many prizes were donated by local businesses and sportspeople, including Leeds United, Leeds boxer Josh Warrington and Morrisons.

Natalie added: “My mum was always one to throw a party for everyone. She was a doer and if she said she was going to do something or help anyone she did it. I feel like I’ve followed in her footsteps. She would be immensely proud. I’m just so thankful to everyone who donated prizes and all the people who came on the night. I’m now hoping to make Pat’s Party an annual event.”

Juliet Glendinning, Director of Brand and Relationships at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’d like to congratulate Natalie on her successful fundraising event in memory of her mum, Pat. The funds raised will support research and services to improve early diagnosis and ensure fewer people in Yorkshire die from cancer in the future.”

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About Yorkshire Cancer Research

•    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. 
•    Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
•    Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
•    There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials. 
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