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Ilkley Candlelighters hand over £44,000 for children’s cancer research
12:30pm Saturday 16th March 2013 in Local news
Ilkley Candlelighters have handed £44,000 for children’s cancer research after a successful year of fundraising.
The charity raised the impressive sum through an assortment of fundraising events in 2012, such as the Annual May Ball, Ladies Lunch and supermarket collections.
The group would like to thank Ilkley residents and businesses for their “incredible” support.
Ilkley Candlelighters chairman, Peggy Pullan, and treasurer, Sally Roulston, presented the cheque for £44,000 to Joanne Shepheard from The Candlelighters charity based in the Yorkshire Regional Paediatric Oncology and Haematology Unit at The Leeds General Infirmary.
This is a regional centre for the treatment of children with cancer and serious blood disorders in Yorkshire. Each year in Yorkshire about 120 children and teenagers are found to have these disorders and are referred to the unit for investigation and treatment.
The Candlelighters raise money for medical equipment such as electronic beds, additional staff at the Unit above that which the NHS provides, toys, books, and caravan or chalet holidays. The funds raised by the Ilkley branch of Candlelighters go towards research into children’s cancer.
The annual Ilkley Candlelighters May Ball is a major fundraising event. This year’s theme is based on the popular television show, Strictly Come Dancing. The evening will, as usual, be a fabulous event with great food and entertainment.
A few tables remain for this year’s event, on May 11, at Rudding House, Harrogate.
Contact Peggy Pullan on email@example.com for more details.