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Party in memory of cancer victim Kim
Organisers of two fundraising rounders tournaments are throwing a party at Ilkley’s Winter Garden in memory of an inspirational woman who ran for charity while battling cancer.
Two large-scale competitions arranged by friends of Kim Robson in 2010 and 2011 raised thousands of pounds for the Marie Curie Cancer Centre in Bradford.
Now friends of Mrs Robson, who died in 2009, again hope to give a boost to the charity’s work with a fundraising party on September 21.
Ilkley Ladies Rounders team hope to attract about 200 guests to the party night at the Station Road public hall. The party will include live music from band, Clear, and fun games.
Mrs Robson, a local rounders player, who worked as an administration assistant at All Saints Primary School, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, just weeks after taking part in her first charity run in aid of Cancer Research.
Inspired by the example of Jane Tomlinson rom Leeds, the mother-of-two went on to raise thousands of pounds for cancer charities.
Surgery and chemotherapy failed to halt the disease, and in 2007 she took part in clinical trials of a new drug called lapatinib, which slows down progression so sufferers can spend more time with their families.
She took part in further runs, not only to raise money for the charities, but also in a bid to raise awareness of the illness and how much people can achieve.
Mrs Robson raised money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre and the Jane Tomlinson Trust.
She and her her husband, Simon, became friends with Mike Tomlinson, husband of the late charity fundraiser Jane, through their participation in the Leeds 10k Run for All.
The 2009 Run for All was the last Mrs Robson took part in. She died aged 45 in November 2009 The rounders tournament is expected to make its comeback next year.
The fundraising party night starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 each. Call 07714 615936 to book.