Strawberry Tea Garden Party Raises More than £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

21 August 2018

A strawberry tea garden party has raised more than £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The charity’s Leeds Committee organised the summer event as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. 

Since it was formed in 1958, the volunteer group has raised £3.1m for Yorkshire Cancer Research, which aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region.

More than 100 people joined the committee at the garden party, which included an opening address by Ruth Norman, daughter of founder member Betty Lawrence, and attendance by guests of honour Lesley and Arnold Boyd who recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

From left, Hilary Tammer, co-chairman of Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Leeds Committee, Ruth Norman, daughter of founder member Betty Lawrence, Irene Collins, co-chairman of the Leeds Committee, and guests of honour Lesley and Arnold Boyd at the Strawberry Tea Garden Party

Those who went along were serenaded by a pianist while being treated to fresh strawberries, jam and cream with homemade scones expertly baked by committee member Mavis Clayman. 

Hilary Tammer, co-chairman of the committee, said: “It had been raining earlier in the day, but by the time the garden party started it had stopped. We were delighted that the weather was good enough to enable people to sit outside. Due to the kindness of the host and hostess, those who didn't want to could come indoors. 

“The funds raised included a combination of money from tickets and raffle tickets as well as donations from the opener and guests of honour.  All in all we are thrilled with how successful the afternoon was.”

Alex Green, Relationship Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Once again the Leeds Committee has pulled off a brilliantly organised, professional event. Their efforts have clearly paid off with an outstanding amount of money raised. 

“We’d like to thank everyone involved for supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research. The funds will help more people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.”

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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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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