A volunteer group in Pickering has been recognised for 40 years of fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
The group was formed in 1979 and over the next four decades raised an incredible £310,920 to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Yorkshire.
The group collected donations house-to-house, at the local Co-op, at Stape Silver Band Christmas Concerts and during flag days in Pickering, Thornton-le-Dale and Kirkbymoorside.
Members also held a variety of events over the years including coffee mornings, quiz nights, gardening and musical evenings and table top sales.
Juliet Glendinning, Commercial Director at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the Pickering Committee during the past 40 years, either by becoming a member, attending an event or donating towards a collection.
“The money and awareness raised by the group has been incredibly important in our aim to help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer. We are especially grateful to retiring members Val Chadwick, Ken Chadwick, Chris Thompson and Frances Thompson for their time, effort and dedication and wish them the very best for the future. If anyone in the Pickering area would like to volunteer a little of their time to help raise funds to save Yorkshire lives, we’d love to hear from them.”
For information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, visit www.ycr.org.uk/getinvolved.
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- We aim to:
- 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.
- 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.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.