Abba-themed fundraiser set to be a night of fun

With a cheque donated by Asda at a previous fundraiser are, from left Cancer Connections Deb Roberts, Fran Manson, Lynda Lamb, Sue Bell, Laura Morland and Mavis Maughan.
With a cheque donated by Asda at a previous fundraiser are, from left Cancer Connections Deb Roberts, Fran Manson, Lynda Lamb, Sue Bell, Laura Morland and Mavis Maughan.

The sister of a South Tyneside cancer victim is carrying on her fundraising mantle with a night of music fun.

Fran Manson is hosting an Abba night in memory of her sister Sue Bell.

The fundraising night is in memory of Sue Bell.

The fundraising night is in memory of Sue Bell.

The 58-year-old lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2012.

Prior to her death, she had helped raise thousands of pounds for South Tyneside-based cancer charity Cancer Connections – something Mrs Manson has continued.

The fundraising night will be held at the Cleadon Club in Fulwell Avenue, South Shields, on Saturday, September 26.

The event has been organised by Fran with the support of Sue’s friends, Lynda Lamb, Mavis Maughan and Laura Moreland.

Mrs Manson said: “My sister was a big help with these charity nights and loved to do them.

“Cancer Connections helped her through it all and she wanted to raise lots of money for the charity as a way of saying thank you.

“Over the past seven years we have raised lots for the charity, and we are going to carry on and continue to raise money for this worthy cause which helps local people and families who are going through an awful time.

“All proceeds will go to help Cancer Connections.”

Mrs Manson and Mrs Maughan work at Asda and a previous fundraiser saw the company donate £2,735.

At the Abba night there will be a DJ and karaoke as well as buffet, for which donations are welcome.

Cancer Connections in Harton Lane provides help and support to people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

The charity relies on donations and fundraising events to help keep its services running including its telephone support and drop-in services.

Mrs Manson added: “We have lots of support from local businesses and have been donated some fantastic raffle prizes for the night including tickets for the Sage in Gateshead, a comedy night at the Lancastrian Suite, cinema tickets for the Customs House, as well as vouchers for Barbours, Tandoori International, Eclipse Hairdressers and Kovo.

Tickets are £5 and available by contacting Fran Manson on 0191 536 7652 or Lynda Lamb on 0191 903 4513.

For information on the charity visit cancerconnections.org.uk/ or call 456 5081.