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Ball helps Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies get closer to £1m milestone
11:00am Sunday 10th March 2013 in News
The Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies are getting ever nearer the £1 million mark with their fundraising.
Since starting 14 years ago, they have raised £965,628 for research into childhood cancers on behalf of Cancer Research UK.
And the latest boost came from their annual charity ball, held at Skipton’s Rendezvous Hotel last month, which raised more than £33,000.
Karen Weaving, owner of the hotel and Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies committee secretary, said: “This is a key event in our fundraising calendar and to have raised £33,134 in such challenging economic times was beyond our wildest expectations.”
BBC TV presenter Nicola Rees hosted the Licensed to Thrill-themed ball, which was attended by 180 guests.
Mikala Leigh, a young vocalist from Blackpool, donated her time and talent to keep everyone entertained, attracting huge applause with her opening number, the theme from the most recent Bond film, Skyfall.
Guests were also treated to a set from 14-year-old Grace O’Malley, from Rossendale, winner of the under-15 Vocalist of the Year competition at the 2012 Llangollen Eisteddfod and an active supporter of the charity.
Nigel Smith, from Tennants Auctioneers of Harrogate, conducted an auction which included a variety of unique lots attracting eager and generous bids from supporters.
Professor Alex Markham, former chief executive of Cancer Research UK, delivered an inspirational and motivating account of the encouraging progress made through research in recent years in the battle to fight cancer.
Speaking this week, committee chairman Karen Mendoros thanked supporters for an incredible achievement.
“You have yet again done us and Cancer Research UK proud. The astounding amount raised brings our fundraising total since we started 14 years ago to a magnificent £965,628. Just over £34,000 to go now before we can all celebrate reaching that magical million pounds goal.”
The next big fundraiser in the Ribble Valley and White Rose Ladies calendar is a Party in the Park, featuring a variety of local bands, vocalists and musicians. It will take place at Alkincoates Park, Colne, on Saturday, June 29.