As Christmas approached, volunteers donned their Santa hats and held events to help prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer in Yorkshire.
From coffee mornings to carol services, groups across Yorkshire organised a range of activities to kickstart the festivities in their local communities and raise vital funds.
Wharfedale Christmas Coffee Morning
The Wharfedale Volunteer Group held their annual Christmas Coffee morning and raised more than £2500.
Ros Carthy, Chair of the volunteer group, said: “Hosting the event to support Yorkshire Cancer Research helps bring people together at Christmas time, especially those who have had their lives affected by cancer.”
More than 100 people attended the event, which was held at Guiseley Cricket Club. Guests were provided with hot drinks and festive treats such as mince pies and shortbread.
The coffee morning has been running for eight years and began in Ros’ home, but soon outgrew the house and Guiseley Cricket Club offered the space to the volunteers.
Guests also had the chance to do some Christmas shopping at a range of stalls selling festive goodies including Christmas cards, bric-a-brac, food, and drink.
Ros continued: “We all felt like the event went really well. People didn’t rush off but really made a morning of it, and it was lovely to see faces of those who attend every year.”
Malton Christmas Lunch
Malton volunteers raised £2500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research with their Christmas lunch.
The lunch took place at the Talbot Hotel. Each year, the annual event has increased in size, going from around 80 guests when it first started to 180 this year, becoming their most popular fundraising occasion.
The lunch also included guest speaker, Jill Thorpe, who gave a presentation on the history of Stott Hill Farm.
Edna Drabble, Chair of the group, said: “Everyone had a very enjoyable lunch and raised an incredible amount for Yorkshire Cancer Research. We just have to say thank you to everyone who supports us and the charity.”
Keighley and Craven 'Mince Pies and Christmas’ Coffee Morning
Volunteers in Keighley and Craven hosted a ‘mince pies and coffee’ event, which was held in their local Methodist Chapel.
“We’re part of a small village community,” said Mary Parker, “so it was lovely to have so many people show us support and attend the event.”
More than 100 people attended the coffee morning, and ticket sales and donations, as well as sales of Christmas cards on the day, meant that the volunteers raised more than £600.
Mary, who is Chair of the volunteer group, explained why fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research is so important.
“I’m a believer in research,” she said. “I worked in a hospital in the 1950s when chemotherapy was being developed and I feel as though I’ve been on the journey of cancer research and treatment all of my working life.
“I’ve seen the changes in research and how that can save lives. It’s the money raised through the charity that allows people to continue their lives and that’s so important to me.”
Mary and her fellow volunteers are already planning their next fundraising event for the spring.
Jan Jagger, along with fellow volunteers from the Bridlington Volunteer Group, raised more than £3000 by selling Christmas cards.
Jan said: “When I totted up how much had been raised from all of the sales, I was quite over the moon, it was fantastic.”
The cards were sold in local shops and proved to be popular within the community.
“People were ringing up the shops and asking if they’d stock Yorkshire Cancer Research cards again, as they liked them so much last year,” Jan explained. “We sold almost all the cards we stocked this year, which is just wonderful.”
The Bridlington volunteers also collected at their local pantomime, raising a further £300.