All the latest updates from Yorkshire Cancer Centre
Including community fundraisers, latest purchases, event updates and all round good news stories from the appeal.
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Laugh in the Face of Cancer 3
The team had an amazing night at the third annual "Laugh in the Face of Cancer" comedy show at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds on 15th March. Jordan and Liz put on another brilliant evening of comedy where £11,400 was raised for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal and Cancer Research UK!
Thank you to the incredible efforts of Jordan, Liz, the acts; Joe Lycett, Tom Stade, Lee Kyle, compere Matt Reed and the Lowell Careers team who have excelled themselves for a third year! Congratulations everyone!
You can see some great photos from the event over on our Facebook page!
Magnetic Name Badges
Massive thanks to Magnetic Name Badges @ Abalone Graphics for their generous donation of £4,681 from sales of #hellomynameis badges. Continuing the legacy of our much-missed friend and fundraiser, Dr Kate Granger.
Jacqui's Million Presents Positive Vibes
Jacqui Drake decided last year to raise £1m for YCC appeal & already she has raised £35k!
A patient whose ‘positivity’ is infectious, Jacquie’s next event POSITIVE VIBES promises to be a sell-out at the newly re-vamped City Varieties Theatre in Leeds on 3rd June! To book your seat phone 0113 243 0808.
Jacqui has recently done an excellent interview with The Telegraph & Argus about her treatment and her amazing fundraising efforts!
Our fabulous Volunteers enjoyed a brew before getting down to business with the team at the YCC Volunteers AGM on 15th February, discussing revamping the Charity Shop and helping choose our Christmas Card Selection for 2017 (yes - we like to plan ahead!) amongst other things.
Without our volunteers and the time they give up for us, many of the things we do to raise funds for the appeal simply wouldn't be possible, so thank you!
If you are interested in volunteering for Yorkshire Cancer Centre in our charity shop, in the fundraising office or at one of our fundraising events, please contact Nicola on 0113 206 8620 or email email@example.com.
Valentine's Pamper Treat
Providing a real Valentine’s treat on 14th February, Volunteer Geraldine Morris provided a pampering manicure for staff during their breaks in the Bexley Wing staff room, with proceeds to YCC.
Tigers Netball Tournament in Memory of Kate
The YCC team was delighted to welcome the captain of the Tigers Netball team, Katie Jones to Bexley Wing. Katie, pictured with Fundraising Assistant Rowan Wood, delivered a fabulous cheque for £1,820! The money was raised by the netball team during a recent fundraising tournament, in memory of former team member, Kate Morfill, whose anniversary is next week. Kate, who had been a patient for over 4 years in Bexley Wing is remembered by her friends as ‘a very special, feisty young woman, who would do anything for anyone.’
Katie came to the fundraising office with Kate’s Mum, Vicky, before popping in to visit staff on the Oncology Ward where Kate received most of her treatment. Vicky said: "Kate made me promise I’d bake for the wonderful team who took such good care of her, and that’s why I’m here."
Barnoldswick and Earby Bosom Friends
We were delighted to receive an extremely generous donation from Barnoldswick and Earby Bosom friends, delivered to us in person by Richard & Mary Akrigg on Thursday 26th January. Many members of this cancer support group, including Richard himself, have been treated at St James's Hospital over the years, so the group decided to make a substantial donation to the YCC Appeal on their behalf. Thank you so much for your support and generosity - we really appreciate it!
Happy Birthday Wilfred!
One of our resident Volunteer pianists celebrated a fantastic milestone recently. Wilfred Gilliard is now 98 years young and staff in Bexley Wing presented him with a birthday cake and a bottle of his favourite indulgence!
Many happy returns Wilf and thank you from all of us who benefit from your wonderful music and banter!
Thank You Volunteers!
YCC Volunteers ended 2016 by enjoying a delicious Christmas lunch at Castle Grove in Headingley to thank them for their support and work throughout the year. Without our volunteers and the time they give up for us, many of the things we do to raise funds for the appeal simply wouldn't be possible, so thank you once again! Merry Christmas!
YCC Christmas Concert
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everybody involved in the wonderful Christmas Concert last night! Our hosts; Dr Ann Henry and Dr Paul Hatfield. The perfomers; pianist John Smith who led the carol singing, John Scholey, Jo Jones and Dan Bradley, The singers and dancers from Maillot Rose School, Medicy String Quartet, Sheila O'Shea and finally the wonderful Inspiration Choir. We would also like to thank our outstanding YCC volunteering 'elves', our sponsors AV Matrix, Salt's Catering and M&S; and of course, everybody who attended, helping raise a huge £4,036.88 on a fantastic festive evening for the appeal!
Carolathon at Shipley Asda
Jacqui Drake's campaign to raise £1 million for the YCC Appeal received a welcome boost last Saturday, when a member of staff from her theatre school organised a Carol-othon at Asda in Shipley. A range of talented musicians sang and played all day long, from 9am through to 7pm. Together, they raised £664 for 'Jacqui's Million' in aid of the YCC Appeal. Bravo and thank you to all!
Sainsbury's Festive Donation
Thanks to staff at Sainsbury's Leeds Headrow store, who made a spontaneous and generous donation towards refreshments for our Christmas Concert, when the Fundraising Team went shopping for supplies earlier today. They even loaned a trolley to ferry all the goodies back to the car. Now that's what we call festive spirit!
Bobble Hat Day at Oakwood Primary Academy
A big thank you to staff and students at Oakwood Primary Academy in Leeds, who will be fundraising for the YCC Appeal during their Bobble Hat Day this Friday. Earlier today, our Schools Team (including our lovely volunteer, John, and our schools mascot, Otto the Owl) attended a school assembly to talk about YCC and how the children can help us to help patients at the Leeds Cancer Centre. Everyone was so welcoming and it was a pleasure to meet such a well-behaved and enthusiastic audience. Thank you for having us and Happy Bobble Hat Day!
Please do get in touch if you have links to a school that may be able to support the YCC Appeal. We're really keen to develop links with schools in the local area.
Caroling with Beckett Choir
Members of Beckett Choir entertained our patients, visitors & staff in Bexley Wing earlier today with some lovely traditional Christmas carols. This pre-empts their big concert tomorrow night alongside the Phoenix Band on the Headingley Campus which will be in support of YCC appeal.
We’re delighted to have reached anther fundraising milestone in 2016 - our £160k target to purchase a NanoKnife for patients at the cancer centre. We had the opportunity to thank our major donors last night when they attended a celebration event in Bexley Wing.
The NanoKnife offers an alternative treatment for tumours when surgery and radiotherapy are not possible. The Nanoknife is used to destroy inoperable tumours in the lungs, kidney, breast, prostate and pancreas. The revolutionary procedure uses special needles to fire electrical pulses into the cancer cell walls, destroying tumours. The treatment is non-invasive and patients experience few or no side effects and are able to leave hospital the next day.
Funding for the NanoKnife means we can continue to carry out life-saving procedures on a range of cancer patients. Dr Tze Wah, Consultant Interventional Radiologist leads the team in Leeds, which have already performed 27 life-saving procedures on patients with kidney, liver and pancreatic cancers.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors and fundraisers for their support. Much of the money was raised through the YCC Ball and generous donations from Caravan Guard, Halifax; John Cotton Group, Mirfield; Wah Kwong Chinese Association; The Biswas Foundation and the John Hainsworth Bates Charitable Trust and Timothy Cavill.
Have a look at our Facebook page for more photos from a lovely evening in Bexley Wing Atrium.
NHSE staff ran the 10K Leeds Abbey Dash on Sunday to raise awareness of #Hellomynameis and raise money for Kate Granger's chosen charity, Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.
Senoir Communications Officer Ailsa Parker told us: "The weather was definitely on the chilly side yesterday but I’m pleased to say we had a great time and all really enjoyed ourselves. I think running as a team and fundraising was a real motivator for people so thank you for giving us that opportunity! I also managed (somehow!) to shave 9 minutes off my personal best! It must have been the cold hurrying me along!"
Thank you and well done for a terrific effort guys!
The Big Bake is Back!
30th November 2016
"Carrying on in our beautiful friend Kate's memory and keeping our promise to her..."
The Bright Side Big Bake will be back in the Bexley Wing on Wednesday 30th November with their famous cake stall!
Meet Our Pianists!
Meet our fantastic volunteer pianists who really make a big difference to the experience of everyone who passes through the atrium of Bexley Wing.
John plays on Tuesdays between 10:30 and 12:30. A former patient and member of the Inspiration Choir, he is married to Joy who also supports the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal in many other ways.
Keith and Alan joined the rota earlier this year and they both come in on Monday and Thursday, taking turns from between 10:00 and 15:00.
And of course, the most senior of our pianists, the amazing Wilfred, 97 years young, who also continues to tinkle the ivories in aid of this great cause.
There is a collection tin for people passing by to give a donation in appreciation of the lovely music. Together the pianist have recently passed the amazing milestone of £30,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.
September Ball 2016
Our 20th September Ball was a wonderful success and a wonderful time was had by all at the event at Pavilions of Harrogate.
A champagne reception was followed by delicious dinner and entertainment from Gary Barlow tribute, 'Only Barlow'.
Two keenly contested auctions, a grand raffle and fun casino helped boost funds and revellers danced the night away before a bacon butty early breakfast.
There was also a heartfelt tribute to Dr Kate Granger, our star fundraiser who passed away in July, by Kate's husband Chris Pointon, Kate Prior, Jonathan Heap & Natalie Silvey.
It was a lively, entertaining evening that has raised significant funds for a very worthwhile project, with £43,650 raised towards the Nanoknife Appeal.
Thank you to everybody who attended and supported the September Ball 2016, including our sponsors The Intergroup, Lowell, Engie and Stockdales.
If you would like to see the photographs from the event, please visit our Facebook page and give us a Like!
Corporate Support: Tribute to a much-loved colleague at CSG: Kate Morfill
Colleague Nick Rushfirth writes: “On 1st August 2016, all the team at CSG Life Sciences completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in memory of a dear colleague, Kate Morfill, who sadly passed away earlier in the year. Kate was a real advocate of the fantastic work done by the Yorkshire Cancer Centre, so it seemed only fitting to carry out the arduous challenge in support of the charity.
The task – climbing Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – encompassed over 24 miles of hill-walking (including 5,200ft of ascent!) in 12 hours; not only a physically strenuous endeavour, but also mentally.
Despite blisters, rolled ankles and old war wounds (literally, in one case) testing our resolve, all the team made it round and plodded back into Horton feeling broken but incredibly proud of what we had done and the reason we had taken on this challenge.
During her battle with bowel cancer Kate received enormous support from The Yorkshire Cancer Centre and the staff at the St James’s Institute of Oncology and we are delighted to be able to support the work of this very worthwhile charity with our donation of £8,760 in memory of Kate.”
Grand Canyon Trek
Two YCC trekkers completed the spectacular Grand Canyon challenge and enjoyed an incredible
adventure whilst raising £5,263.58 between them for the appeal.
Ian Bell, from Golcar, Huddersfield, was supported throughout by the fundraising efforts of his entire family. After being
diagnosed with a lymphoma cancer of the blood in July 2013 and receiving two years of treatment, Ian wanted to give
something back to the cancer centre. His family described the care he was given as “nothing less than outstanding and
we cannot thank the fantastic staff enough for all the help they have given him!” Ian enjoyed the challenge so much he
immediately registered for the India Dalia Lama Trek and will be setting off on a new adventure in November this year.
Rachel Wheeldin, from Colton, Leeds told us: “I had the most incredible experience of my life! My fave bit was the cliff
descent down Mooney falls... so challenging (both mentally and physically) but tons of fun, and the views at the bottom made it
all worthwhile. But to be honest the whole trip was just incredible! Photos will never do it justice. When I climbed out of the
canyon on the last day and took the last few steps over the rim of the canyon I don’t think I’ve ever felt that proud before!!”
If you’d like to join our YCC team on the next Grand Canyon Trek or indeed to experience the thrills
and spills of any of our trekking challenges, both at home and abroad, please click here.
London to Paris - A Triumph!
10 resolute cyclists set off from London on 20th July for the 5 day challenge that would take them to
the finish line on the Tour de France route to Paris.
Spending 4 days in the saddle, cycling 299 miles from capital to capital, their route took them through glorious English
countryside as they cycled from Kent to Dover, before crossing the Channel to Dunkirk.
Once across the water (and remembering to keep to the right!) they pedalled on along quiet French country lanes, through
traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of northern France, passing the war memorials and cemeteries of
A spectacular finish awaited as they reached the home stretch up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, before reaching
the piece de resistance, the Eiffel Tower, which marked their finish line. The sense of achievement felt by all was euphoric and
our heroic team then celebrated their achievements in this magnificent capital. Altogether Team YCC London/Paris have raised
£15,552.00 - a remarkable achievement in itself. Merci YCC équipe et bien fait!
The Big Jump
3 intrepid YCC supporters; Susan Carroll, Simon Field and Keeley Barrick, conquered their fears to take on the BIG jump this year. Taking part in a tandem jump, they exited the aircraft at 10,000 feet before freefalling at 120 miles per hour for 5,000 feet and then deployed the parachute!
But it wasn’t just the sky-divers that reached dizzying heights, so did their fundraising, altogether they raised £4,282.98 for the appeal!
Yorkshire Le Tour!
Simon Fryer completed his "Yorkshire Le Tour" 2 Day Cycle Ride to raise funds for Myeloma UK & Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.
Simon took on the challenge on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July, which coincided with the last week of Tour de France, as well as the hottest days of 2016 so far - making his efforts even more impressive!
Simon is pictured with his friend and regular YCC Volunteer Steven Scupham.
Twin brothers Richard and Christopher Barker's tribute drive to Cortina D'Ammprezzo in their late father Roy's restored Cortina, set off from Bexley Wing on 26th July.
Together with Roy's great friend Graham Ellis, the brothers restored the classic car in a project which began shortly after Roy was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. Sadly he never saw the car completed but his death sparked the idea for this driving challenge for the boys.
Richard tells us, "We hope our event will benefit many people in the future and carries on Dad's support for Yorkshire Cancer Centre's research to find a cure for this terrible disease, which has affected many of my close family and friends.
"Our planned 2,500 mile round trip in the completed Cortina is our personal tribute to our wonderful Dad. It is also in memory of my best friend Jonathan Parkes who died in 2014 from bowel cancer and my beautiful Sister in Law Leanne Cain who passed away from a Brain Tumour in June 2015, plus a whole host of other friends and family taken too early by cancer."
Celebrating our annual Volunteer Cream teas event on 26th July in Bexley Wing and toasting the £80k success achieved by our Volunteers in the YCC Charity Shop since 2009. Warmest congratulations - what a team!
If you’d like to join our jolly team of Volunteers please contact the Fundraising office for an application form: 0113 206 8620.
Dr Kate Granger
We were devastated to hear of the passing of our champion fundraiser Dr Kate Granger on Saturday 23rd July. Aside from her enormous fundraising acheivements, she was a wonderful friend to everybody at the appeal and we will miss her dearly. Our thoughts are with her husband Chris, and Kate's family and friends.
Kate Reaches £250,000 Milestone!
On 20th July, our incredible, inspirational fundraisers Dr Kate Granger, and her husband Chris Pointon, reached their £250,000 fundraising milestone for Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
Kate is currently in St Gemma's Hospice receiving wonderful care, and while our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family, we are sure this news will brighten her day.
Well done and thank you, Kate and Chris!
To read more about Kate's story click here and to see LTH Chief Executive Julian Hartley discussing Kate's achievements, including her #hellomynameis campaign, on BBC Look North, click here.
Well done to all YCC runners in Jane Tomlinson's Run For All Leeds 10K yesterday, including members of Ward J80, AKA "J80 Joggers," pictured here!
We were thrilled that so many of our supporters laced up their running shoes and pulled on purple T-Shirts to raise funds for the Appeal. Thank you to everyone who ran, sponsored and supported Yorkshire Cance Centre on an inspiring morning in Leeds City Centre.
THANK YOU AGAIN!
You can see all the photos from the run on Facebook.
Hats & Cravats
Our second annual Cream Tea event, raising funds for YCC, where we had our best result yet, raising an astonishing £2,376.82!!
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came down to buy some goodies - in such volumes that we sold out of cake in record time!
And especially thanks to our tireless volunteers who helped run the show; without whom the day wouldn't have been the success it was!
For all the photos from a marvellous afternoon in the Bexley Wing Atrium, have a look on our Facebook page.
Horsforth Golf Club Charity Day
Horsforth Golf Club celebrated their 25th Golf Charity Day on Friday in support of YCC Appeal. The Club originally held this annual event in aid of Cookridge Hospital & following transfer of cancer services to Bexley Wing in 2008, members agreed to continue to support YCC Appeal.
True to form, another great day and evening was organised, raffles, auction and a Beatles Tribute band was the perfect finish to the day’s enjoyment - culminating in £7,700 cheque presentation raised by Horsforth Golf Club members & supporters - a fantastic result - well above par!
For some lovely photos from the day, have a look on our Facebook page.
£10 Million Celebration
On Tuesday 7th June we celebrated reaching our £10,000,000 target, set when the appeal was launched in June 2007!
We gathered with supporters to recognise this great achievement reached with help from all our supporters over the years. But it doesn't stop here, we still continue to raise funds to support the patients of Bexley Wing.
To everyone who has supported us over the years we would like to say a massive THANK YOU for all you have done.
Your fundraising has helped the city become a leading light in the global cancer research field.
Edward Ziff, chairman of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals’ Charitable Foundation, told the Yorkshire Evening Post, “Today marks a great achievement – by the people of Yorkshire, for the people of Yorkshire. I am immensely proud of the role that this appeal has played, and will continue to play, in developing these facilities into a world-class centre of excellence in cancer care.”
Appeal director Sheila O’Shea says, “We feel quite privileged to have come so far and of course it’s due to our fundraisers, to our donors, our volunteers, to everybody who’s ever put 10p in a box, to those who have put £1m towards this appeal. It’s a tremendous achievement and it’s to them that we owe our gratitude.”
To view our £10 Million Appeal Celebration video, and see just some of the ways in which the YCC has supported the Bexley Wing and the 2,000 patients treated at Leeds Cancer Centre every day, click here.
For some lovely photos from the celebration evening, have a look on our Facebook page.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
Congratulations to everyone who took on our Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge on Saturday 4th June. We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather on the day and everyone taking part completed it in 12 hours or less. We hope everyone had a fantastic time you should all be really proud for taking part and raising a fantastic amount in support of the appeal.
For more photos from a wonderful day in the Yorkshire Dales, please visit our Facebook page..
Beyond Cancer Ball
Beyond Cancer held their 6th annual Ball at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds on Saturday night. Over 200 guests supported the event and enjoyed a fabulous evening of fine food and wine, excellent entertainment, raffle and auction.
This is the second year that Beyond Cancer has shared proceeds with Yorkshire Cancer Centre. All the committee members are former patients at Leeds Cancer Centre and the committee was formed to support the Afro-Caribbean community in Leeds.
Leeds Half Marathon
It was a stunning Sunday morning as a number of runners battled the heat in support of YCC in the Leeds Half Marathon! Well done to everybody and thank you for your enormous efforts!
Silcoates School Sixth Form students raised £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal during 2016. Altogether the Sixth Form team raised almost £9,000, shared between Meningitis UK, YCC and an on-going charity project in Tanzania.
We send our thanks to all the students who worked so hard to raise funds for these worthy causes & we wish them every success in their forthcoming exams.
Proudly displaying their certificate are Silcoates Charity Prefects (L to R) Charlotte Carroll, Cathal Donnelly & Erin Maynard-Connor.
On 27th April, Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal launched a £160k appeal to fund a NanoKnife for patients at Leeds Cancer Centre.
A pioneering new cancer treatment for inoperable tumours in the lungs, kidney, liver, breast, prostate and pancreas is now available at Leeds Cancer Centre.
The NanoKnife system will greatly enhance patient care by offering an alternative in cases where invasive surgery is not possible.
To read more about the NanoKnife appeal, watch a video and how you can help, please visit our appeal page here.
Celebrating 50 Years!
The Wah Kwong Association celebrated its 50th anniversary AGM in style yesterday at a luncheon banquet held at Maxi's Restaurant in Leeds.
The Association boasts 520 members throughout Leeds and 220 attended this unique celebration where guests were welcomed with a traditional rousing Dragon Dance followed by an afternoon of karaoke, games, raffle, auction and an excellent lunch.
An astonishing £9,200 was raised for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal. A huge thank you goes to all Association members who contributed to this fantastic donation.
Kilimanjaro Jez is Back!
Kilimanjaro hero Jez Hayden has just returned to the UK following his epic climb (18-28 February) in support of Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.
Jez is a Consultant Upper GI & Bariatric Surgeon at St James’s - he arrived home safe & sound yesterday.
"It really was a fantastic trip and all 16 of our group made it to the summit to be greeted by -25 degrees of windchill. It was very hostile at the top and photos/views were limited." Jez still managed to take some fantastic photos.
He added, "I cannot recommend this trip enough - it was very hard - progressively - and sapped every ounce of energy out of you. The porters/local team were astonishing and generous in allowing us to experience this. The whole trip was very well organised and executed."
Jez, who paid all his own travelling expenses has already raised almost £8k in sponsorship for YCC and he still hopes to reach £10k!
If you’d like to sponsor Jez please follow the link.
The Bright Side Big Cirus Bake
Another fantastic event for Dr Kate Granger and her Bright Side team - £2,012 raised for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal in just a few short hours.
Kate was delighted with the result and thanks everyone who contributed in any way; all the bakers, the entertainers, patients, staff and visitors who helped to make the day a huge (mouth-watering!) success.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everybody involved in the wonderful Christmas Variety Concert on 17th December!
The perfomers; St Matthew's CofE Primary School, Maillot Rose School of Theatre, Jo Jones, Rhythm Aire, Beth Haigh, Erin Maynard-Connor, Sheila O'Shea, our pianist John Smith and our headliners the wonderful Inspiration choir;
Our outstanding volunteering team from Silcoates Sixth Form, YCC staff and volunteers, AV Matrix and of course, everybody who attended, helping raise a BRILLIANT £3,296.08 for the appeal.
All photos from the evening were taken by Laura Ingram and can be seen on our Facebook page.
Volunteers' Christmas Lunch
YCC Volunteers ended 2015 by enjoying a delicious Christmas lunch at Castle Grove in Headingley to thank them for their support and work throughout the year.
Without our volunteers and the time they give up for us, many of the things we do to raise funds for the appeal simply wouldn't be possible, so thank you once again!
If you wish to volunteer for the YCC Appeal in 2016, find out how you can help here.
Beverley Drury's Champagne Raffle
Artist Beverley Drury held her Christmas ‘Champagne Birds’ raffle in The Atrium on Thursday and raised £510 for YCC Appeal.
Lucky winner Kim Waldron, who works for Nova Healthcare in Bexley Wing, chose a beautiful robin as her prize. Beverley, who crafts the birds from champagne wire has a display of her work on the Exhibition Art Wall in Bexley Wing & YCC receives 25% from all bird sales.
Beverley is pictured (centre) with Kim (L) and Moira Keith (R), recently retired Physiotherapist with the Trust, who drew the winning ticket.
Paul Payne visited YCC's Fundraising Department to deliver a cheque from his Vandubz Club’s (VW fans) fundraiser which supported Barnsley Hospital, British Heart Foundation and YCC Appeal; Each charity received £500. Paul then visited the Children’s Room in the Radiotherapy Department to deliver gifts for the children.
Paul presents gifts for the children to Lucy Junni (L), Paediatric Radiographer and Lobke Marsden (R), Play Specialist.
Woodlesford Primary School
We'd like to say a big 'thank you' to children from Woodlesford Primary School, who recently visited Bexley Wing to present their cheque for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.
The youngsters raised £85.42 for the charity after holding a fabulous bake sale at their school.
They baked tasty treats and organised games for fellow pupils in support of relatives who are currently receiving treatment at the Leeds Cancer Centre.
Daylighters' Christmas Fundraiser
Leeds Daylighters Support Group held their Christmas-themed fundraising event in Bexley Wing Atrium on Friday 20th November. The ladies who are all patients at Leeds Cancer Centre are a support group for women with any gynaecological cancers.
They meet on the first Tuesday of the month at The Robert Ogden Centre from 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. If you’d like to join or you know someone who may benefit from this unique support group please contact the Gynae team on 0113 267820 or email: Leedsth-tr.GynaeCNS@nhs.net
Tribute Night is a Thriller!
Catherine Kewley, family & friends organised a fantastic Michael Jackson Tribute night at Crossgates Recreational Club on Saturday in support of YCC. The venue was packed and a great evening was enjoyed by all age groups.
Catherine is delighted with the response and she will let us know what supporters raised very soon. Congratulations from all of us here at YCC and thank you for to everyone for all their hard work!
There are some great photos from the event on our facebook page here and here!
Marsh Ladies Choir dazzled in their diamond anniversary concert at Huddersfield Parish Church, with money from the evening coming towards the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.
You can read a review of the concert in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner here.
Congratulations and thank you ladies!
September Ball 2015
Our 19th annual September Ball, sponsored by Cofely and Lowell, was a great success and we’ve been receiving plenty of positive feedback since the event at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.
A champagne reception was followed by delicious dinner and a host of entertainment. The cabaret was opened by international singer and star of West End musicals, Rory Campbell, who got everybody involved throughout, finishing with a conga line! He was followed by two excellent performances by dancers from Starlight Academy.
The 2015 Ball Appeal was delivered by Dr Sai Daayana, Consultant Surgeon, Gynaecology Oncology, St James’s Institute of Oncology, in a compelling presentation.
Two keenly contested auctions, a grand raffle and fun casino helped boost funds and revellers danced through the night to the ever popular local band, The Nightjars.
It was a lively, entertaining evening that has raised significant funds for a very worthwhile project, with over £25,000 raised towards the funding of Plasmajet Surgery Equipment.
Thank you to everybody who attended and supported the September Ball 2015.
If you would like to see the photographs from the event, please visit our Facebook page and give us a Like!
We had our Volunteers' AGM, complete with cream tea and catchphrase quiz (which brought out the competitive streak in the office staff - looking at you Simon and Andy), on Wednesday 22nd July.
It's an opportunity each year to thank all our volunteers who come to help in the shop and at events, without whom a lot of our fundraising simply wouldn't happen.
Thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers, the charity shop in Bexley Wing has raised £6,208 so far in 2015, bringing the total since its opening to £68,192!
Nick Clark Memorial Match 2015
The 4th Annual Nick Clark Memorial Match took place at Lindholme Lakes, Doncaster. Organiser Steve Akal told us:
"The Nick Clark Memorial Match 2015 surpassed all targets we set, and the generosity of the angling world and friends continues to amaze me.
"There were fears that this year’s event could be a washout, as torrential rain and massive hailstones bombarded Lindholme Lakes through the night and into the early hours of match-day morning.
"8am saw 55 anglers drawing their pegs under a slate grey sky, with little evidence of the weather to come, but at around 9:30, the cloud broke and the sun poured through.
"10am saw a very well respected minute’s silence, before the match started. The fish race was on!
"1pm and a much needed break for a burger and drink, and back to the lake, where the battle continued.
"Congratulations to Chris Moorhead on his win at his first attempt at this match, his winning weight being 115lbs.
"Following the match we returned to the clubhouse at Lindholme for the results, presentations, auctions and raffle (thanks go to Lindholme owner Neil Grantham for his brilliant banter throughout the raffle and auctions).
"The totals for the event are in, and the 2015 event has raised £8,108.25 (including gift aid), which takes our 4-year rolling total to £25,928.95 (including gift aid).
"I would like to give special mention to angler Lee Geldard who raised an incredible £1,630.00 in sponsor money, to Paul Ibbotson from Supreme Angling in Horsforth for the donation of rods and tee-shirts, and also to Samsons Cafe in Nelson and Moore's Bakery in Horsforth for their continued yearly sponsorship of the bbq.
"I would also like to that the following, many of whom sponsor us every year: Active Workwear Leeds, BigKat Gym Harrogate, Browning (Paul McBrinn), Clarkson Floats, Dynamite Baits, Grahame Stowe Bateson Solicitors, Hatim Tall, IPC Fixings, Ladbrokes, Leeds Laptop Repairs, Leeds Rhinos RL, Mark Docker Fine Arts, Matt Pillay, Mitre Angling (York), Moores Bakery Horsforth, NG Floats, Nick Easton Floats, Samsons Café : Nelson, Sheffield United FC, Sheffield Wednesday FC, Stephensons Investigations Ltd, Steve Cave Floats, Steve Mazza, Supreme Angling Horsforth, TN Floats, Wrootrob Hooklengths and many more individual donors."
Once more, we would like to say an enormous thank you to Steve and everybody who has helped with this wonderful event to raise valuable funds in memory of Nick.
You can see some great photos from the day on Facebook.
Leeds 10K - 12th July 2015
70 Yorkshire Cancer Centre supporters ran the Leeds 10K on Sunday 12th July, including our Web & Communications Coordinator Andy and #hellomynameis champions and YCC fundraisers, Kate Granger MBE & Chris Pointon.
We were thrilled that so many of you pulled on your running shoes and purple T-Shirts to raise valuable funds for the Appeal. A big thank you to everyone who ran, sponsored and supported YCC on another wonderful morning in Leeds City Centre.
If you found this event inspiring and wish to join us in further running events, such as the Yorkshire Marathon, have a look on our Running Events page here.
Asda House colleagues fast in support of Ramadan
21 Asda Home Office colleagues fasted for 18 hours and six minutes in support of Ramadan and raised money for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.
The team donated £200 to YCC using the money they saved from not buying and food or drink throughout the day. They were also sponsored by colleagues from across different departments in Asda House.
The group fasted between 3:30am and 9:36pm, with no food or drink between that time.
Toria Carr, who took part in the fasting, said, "It was 9.35pm and I was ready with my knife and folk eagerly waiting for that last minute to pass so I could eat the best looking lasagne in the world! By 9.37pm it’d been eaten!"
Ahsen Ehsan was grateful of his colleagues’ support. He said, "The experience was amazing! Everyone had a bit of hard time but managed to complete the challenge. The best part was that this challenge made them realise the true meaning of Ramadan and how we Muslims feel. I had a lot of respect and compliments from the team as being a Muslim myself I do it for a month."
Thank you and well done to everyone who took part!
Hats & Cravats Cream Tea - 9th July 2015
Massive thank you to everyone who helped make our Hats & Cravats Cream Tea possible and especially thanks to everyone who came down to buy some treats - in such volumes that we completely sold out of cake and scones!
And another enormous thank you to our tireless volunteers who helped run the show, without whom the day wouldn't have been the success it was!
You can see some photos from the day on Facebook, and the list of raffle winners is also on our Facebook page.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
A HUGE thank you to everyone that took part in our Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 6th June. Despite VERY strong winds throughout the day, 39 undeterred fundraisers set out early morning and battled the weather to complete the challenge.
There are some great photos from the windswept event on our Facebook page!
If you found this event inspiring and you fancy making the step from walking to running, you can still get involved with our events in 2015 including the Leeds 10K and the Yorkshire Marathon, by clicking here.
Leeds Half Marathon
Marathon efforts all round as YCC Represented in Run For All event
Yorkshire Cancer Centre had a total of eight runners in the Leeds Half Marathon on a beautiful sunny morning on Sunday 10th May.
Many thanks and congratulations to everybody involved, including Samantha, Louise and David, pictured here!
Former Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Trustee reaches for the sky in bid to raise £100,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre
Having been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer just a year ago, retired Yorkshire stockbroker, Peter Knowles, hopes to fulfil a lifelong dream of taking flight in a Spitfire - whilst raising substantial funds for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.
Peter, aged 63, who lives in Leeds but is originally from Tamworth, Staffordshire said, "The cancer diagnosis came out of the blue and was a complete shock, but I decided I just had to get on with it. I've always wanted to fly over the White Cliffs of Dover and this is my chance while I’m still well enough to enjoy it." There are only five remaining airworthy Spitfires in the world and three of them are here in the UK. Peter has a unique family connection to the classic aircraft which helped turn the tide in the Battle of Britain, so this is a very personal ambition of his.
"Mind you," said Peter, "it's costing an arm and a leg to take this 50-minute flight of fancy but if not now, then when?" Peter is funding the once in a lifetime flight himself but he hopes that generous sponsors will help him raise lots of money for the cancer centre in Leeds where he has been a patient since March 2014. Peter, a former Mayor of Tamworth has enjoyed a very successful career in finance. He was a Member of the London Stock Exchange, a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute and Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants. He moved to Leeds in 1995 and worked as Group Director at Fyshe Horton Finney Ltd and between 2009 and 2012 he was Chair of Park Square Stockbrokers Ltd.
Peter served as a Trustee on the board of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation for fourteen years and is very proud of his association with Leeds hospitals. Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said, "This is a wonderful opportunity for Peter to share his love of Spitfires and at the same time raise significant funds for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal. We wish him the very best of luck with this endeavour." Peter's mother, a former Lady Mayoress of Tamworth, was part of the team that actually assembled the tails of Spitfires in 1944 and this has made his challenge all the more poignant. "Both my mother and my aunt worked in Castle Bromwich where the planes were assembled and it's quite likely that the aircraft I'll be flying in was part-assembled by these two great ladies!"
Peter will take to the skies from Goodwood Aerodrome on 15th April for his flight over the White Cliffs of Dover. He hopes to raise £100,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal and says he will rely on his former associates to "dig deep" and give generously to his chosen charity, "along with the great people of Yorkshire." Donations can also be made via Peter's JustGiving web page: justgiving.com/PFKspitfire