Party night aids cancer charities

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A PARTY night held at a West Shields club has been hailed a huge success by organisers after raising thousands of pounds for two cancer charities.

Sue Bell says she was overwhelmed when her fundraising venture at the Whiteleas Social Club, South Shields, became a sell-out.

Mrs Bell, along with her sister, Fran Manson, and friends, Lynda Lamb and Laura Moreland, had been organising the party night for months in aid of charities Cancer Connections and Ovarian Cancer Research.

More than £2,500 was raised on the night, with Asda South Shields boosting the final total by £1,000.

The cash has now been split between Cancer Connections, which is based in Harton Lane, South Shields, and Ovarian Cancer Research.

Mrs Bell, 58, of Whiteleas, South Shields, who has undergone six chemotherapy sessions after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year, said: “We have held a number of charity events over the years but this one has got to be the best one by far.

“We have never raised this amount before. The night was absolutely brilliant. It was so emotional as well, but the atmosphere was lovely.”

Mrs Bell added: “We would like to thank the businesses who have supported us by donating generous raffle prizes, Mavis Maughan from Asda, and DJ George Pearce – who offered his services for free – as well as those who supported us on the night.”

Cancer Connections offers help and support to people diagnosed with the disease and also their families.

Deborah Roberts, co-founder of the charity, said: “It’s an absolutely amazing amount the ladies have raised for us and I’m really grateful for all their help over the years with the fundraising.

“The night was fantastic and I’d just like to thank everyone who was involved and for all their support towards the charity.”