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Including community fundraisers, latest purchases, event updates and all round good news stories from the appeal.

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Wonderkid Pianist Patrick Wows Bexley

Visitors to the Bexley Wing last Wednesday had the pleasure of listening to extremely talented 10 year old pianist Patrick Townsend perform in the atrium. He successfully raised £224! Thank you and well done Patrick!



Dylan Wood's Easter Eggstravaganza

Just before Easter, we had a visit from Dylan Wood, who very kindly decided he wanted to donate Easter Eggs to children undergoing cancer treatment over the Easter Weekend.

Dylan's mum, a very proud Louise Barker, told us, "Dylan really enjoyed knowing he gave little boys and girls the chance to have an Easter just like us."



Emma's Manchester Marathon

We would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to Emma Bailey, who completed the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday on behalf of Yorkshire Cancer Centre. It was Emma's first marathon and she completed it in a superb 3 hours 15 minutes.

It wasn't all smooth sailing though, as Emma tells us: "We started off breaking down in Haslingden and had get a taxi to Manchester! As for the race, I had blisters from about 8 miles and a stitch at 19 miles but I'm really pleased!"

Well done Emma!



MR Sim Million Milestone

We have reached a major milestone in our £2.4 million MR Simulator appeal, passing the £1 million mark!

Although we still have a significant way to go to reach our £2.4 million target, we are delighted to have reached such an iconic milestone and could not have done this without the ongoing generosity and incredible support of our donors.

Pictured are Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation Fundraising Manager Sharon Link and Director of Communications & Income Generation Julie Moody, with Audrey and Stanley Burton Professor of Clinical Oncology at the Leeds Cancer Centre and University of Leeds David Sebag-Montefiore and Head of Radiotherapy Hazel "Baz" Rodger.

For further information on the MR Sim, click here



Serenade String Quartet

The amazing Serenade String Quartet put on a wonderful performance in the Bexley Wing atrium on Wednesday 4th April.



Bexley Concert a Success!

The Musical Fundraising Concert in Bexley Wing yesterday, featuring performances from Natalie Pearce, Alby Chait, Phil Cammerman, Morton Shapero, Susan Wilcock and Lawrence Gorsden, was a great success, raising £1,023! Well done everybody and thank you for your support!



M&S White Rose Team Jump at the Chance to Help YCC

M&S White Rose staff members Megan, Megan, Ellie, Wesley, Michael and Paige will take part in a group skydive on Sunday 25 March to raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.

The store nominated YCC as their Charity of the Year for 2018, as they have a personal connection to the appeal. Elaine Crowther, the store’s customer service assistant is a long-term cancer sufferer and visits the Leeds Cancer Centre regularly for treatment and support.

The team have raised over £2,000 since December 2017, through a in-store fundraising and charity events. Most recently the team took part in a cycling event, with 8 colleagues riding static bikes for 10 hours.

To support the M&S White Rose Team, click here

To read the South Leeds Life article on the fundraising efforts of the M&S White Rose team, click here



City of Leeds Pipe Band Highland Night

City of Leeds Pipe Band, with guests The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, hosted a fundraising evening at Leeds Civic Hall in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.



Laugh in the Face of Cancer 4

On 7th March, the team attended the fourth annual "Laugh in the Face of Cancer" comedy night at City Varieties Music Hall. A terrific night of fun was had by all, with regular host Matt Reed introducing hilarious acts Jollyboat, Gavin Webster and Daliso Chaponda Page.

The evening made a brilliant total of £9,341.48 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal and Teenage Cancer Trust. We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who attended, and especially to Jordan and Liz from Lowell Careers who organise this fantastic event year on year and have once again excelled themselves!



Sad Passing of Pianist John Smith

It is with great sadness that we inform you popular volunteer pianist John Smith passed away on Tuesday evening.

Alongside his wife Joy, John has been wonderful ambassador for the appeal. In addition to regular Bexley Wing appearances, the couple also performed with Inspiration Choir, enthusing choir members with their fundraising activities and raising over £7,000.

A former patient, John spent the six weeks of his radiotherapy treatment in 2014 entertaining patients by playing his favourite songs. He told us at the time, “The people here are remarkable and I’m privileged to play the piano for them. My wife is always at my side and we are trying to put a bit of happiness into the hospital.” I think we all agree he certainly did that.

Everybody at Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal will miss John dearly and we send our deepest condolences to Joy and her family.

John's funeral will take place at St Giles Church, Bramhope on Friday 2nd March at 12:15pm for those who wish to attend.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks for the many kind messages and memories of John we have received since his passing.



Great North Run 2018 Sold Out

We have sold out of all our Great North Run entries.

Congratulations and thank you to all who secured a place and chose to run for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.

See you all in September!

If you were unable to get a place in the Great North Run this year but would still like to run for YCC, have a look at out running events page for the latest sporting events, such as the Leeds Half Marathon or 10K!



Sad Passing of Pianist Alan Makinson

We regret to inform you that volunteer pianist Alan Makinson passed away on Saturday 6th of January. Alan was a regular performer in Bexley Wing since joining us in 2016. This is a great loss to the charity Alan brought so much joy to everyone around him. He'll be missed by many.



MR Sim Makes Million Milestone

Thanks to a generous pre-Christmas donation of £58,000 from leisure insurance specialist​ Caravan Guard, we hit the £1 Million mark for our £2.4 Million MRI Simulator campaign!

Caravan Guard have supported YCC in the past, donating £68,000 to help fund the pioneering Nanoknife project in 2016.​ Chairman Peter Wilby, said the family were more than happy to once again offer financial support to the appeal.

Peter's son and Managing Director of Caravan Guard, Ryan, said they were very proud to support such a worthy cause: "Having met patients and clinicians at the centre last year, we know how important appeals like this are to continue to provide life-saving treatment for cancer patients."



Christmas Ward Visit

We were delighted to visit the Pediatric Oncology Ward in Bexley Wing this week to hand out some lovely Christmas presents donated by Nightingale Primary Academy!



Volunteers Christmas Dinner 2017

YCC Volunteers ended 2017 by enjoying a delicious Christmas lunch at Castle Grove Masonic Hall as our thanks to 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 and Merry Christmas!



Happy Retirement Sheila!

On 20th December, we said a fond farewell to our Appeal Director Sheila O'Shea after over 20 years in Oncology Fundraising; formerly at Cookridge and shortly after its doors opened, Leeds Cancer Centre.

It has been our great privilege and fortune to work with Sheila over the years and her popularity was reflected in the number of well-wishers that attended her "send off" this afternoon and left messages in her card.

The YCC Team would like to thank Sheila for everything and wish her the very best in her retirement.

Special thank you to Chris Barber for baking the excellent YCC-themed cake!



Bexley's 10th Birthday Bash!

On Monday 18th December, we celebrated the Bexley Wing's tenth birthday!

The party in the atrium included juggling from Cirquels, a bake off, raffle, and a speed-drawing competition judged by Suman Kaur, winner of the BBC Big Painting Challenge.

There were also stalls on the day, with all proceeds going to Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal. £1,000 was raised in total.

Congratulations to bake off winner Grace Marsh, speed drawing winner Andy Roberts and all winners from our grand raffle (see earlier post for list of winners)!



Christmas Concert 2017

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everybody involved in our wonderful Christmas Concert on 14th December!

Our hosts: Dr Michelle Kwok-Williams & Dr Paul Hatfield.

The performers: St. Matthew's Primary School Choir, The Bexley Quartet, Maillot Rose School of Theatre & Dance, Christopher Trenholme, Zoe Scheuregger, Amber Furssedonn-Coates, Inspiration Choir, John Scholey and Sheila O'Shea.

Our Guests of Honour: Jacqui Drake, Chris Barber and Wilfred Gilliard.

We would also like to thank our outstanding YCC volunteers, as well as volunteers from Manheim and HSBC for helping things run so smoothly; our sponsors AV Matrix, Salt's Catering and M&S; and of course, everybody who attended, helping raise a terrific £2,594 on a fantastic festive evening!

Photos by kind permission of John Manktelow Photography



Happy Birthday Wilfred!

We would like to wish our "Resident" Pianist Wilfred Gilliard a very happy NINETY-NINTH birthday!

Wilfred was a Guest of Honour at our Christmas Concert on 14th December and he was presented with a lovely cake.

We put a card on the piano for his fans to sign and not only was it filled in double quick time, the messages spilled over onto the back page!

Happy Birthday Wilfred!



Happy Birthday Wilfred!

We would like to wish our "Resident" Pianist Wilfred Gilliard a very happy NINETY-NINTH birthday!

Wilfred was a Guest of Honour at our Christmas Concert on 14th December and he was presented with a lovely cake.

We put a card on the piano for his fans to sign and not only was it filled in double quick time, the messages spilled over onto the back page!

Happy Birthday Wilfred!



Beverley's Champagne Birds Winner

Congratulations to the lucky Richard Clarke who won one of these lovely birds last week. The raffle raised an amazing £406.72. Thank you to all those who participated and to Beverly and Lesley Drury.



Wesley Singers

The hugely talented The Wesley Singers performed in Bexley Wing in Monday 11th December providing a diverse range of wonderful music and Christmas cheer for patients, visitors and staff.



Beckett Choir

On Tuesday 5th December, we had the lovely Beckett Choir singing Christmas Carols in the Atrium, thank you so much for bringing some Christmas cheer and raising money for our appeal.



Knitting Pals

Veronica Lickley and friends organised another knit stall yesterday in the Bexley Wing Atrium raising an amazing £147.55!! Thank you so much for your efforts ladies!



Lisa Treks Nepal!

Lisa Barr has recently returned from Nepal after trekking Poon Hill, saying, "I'm thrilled to bits to report that for this trek we've hit our £3000 target! Happy Days!"

Lisa and her husband are proficient fundraisers, taking part in the three volcano's trek in 2012 and the Nepal Trek in 2014.

Thank you to you both for your hard work and determination!



Queen Tribute to YCC

On Saturday 11th November the Kewley family raised an amazing £3,777 hosting a Freddie Mercury tribute night at Crossgates Recreation Club.

The event was a huge success, selling out weeks in advance and providing numerous amounts of activities for the guests to partake in and win some fantastic prizes.

With everyone singing and dancing away to Queen classics provided by the talented Billy West, it was clear to see that Mr and Mrs Kewley were the champions by providing a fun filled Saturday night.

We can’t wait for the next event!​



Fond Farewell to Sharon!

On Friday 10th November, the team said a fond farewell to one of our lovely volunteers Sharon Venables.

Working in our charity shop, Sharon has volunteered for YCC for around 7 years. We wish Sharon all the best for the future and while she might no longer volunteer here we are sure that we will stay in contact. We are hoping that Sharon will miss is all too much and come back!

Thanks Sharon for all you have done and your time that you have given up to support Yorkshire Cancer Centre. All the best and good luck with the future.



Kate Lowe's Great North Run

Kate Lowe started fundraising for YCC in 2016 having been treated in the Bexley Wing after being diagnosed with a carcinoid tumour in her left lung.

She told us, “After having my left lung removed in February 2016, I was encouraged to walk 'as much as possible'. This resulted in me deciding to undertake the walk 1,000 challenge - to walk 1,000 miles in a year.”

Kate ended up walking over 1,500 miles in 2016, raising £2,364 in the process! She then opted to continue her challenge into 2017, and has recently taken it up a notch by managing to complete the Great North Run with a time of 2 hours 52 minutes - not bad with just one lung!

She has now raised £3,436 and if you’d like to support her with a donation you can visit her page here.



Jacqui Drake Book Signing

Champion YCC Fundraiser Jacqui Drake signed copies of her Positivity Recipes for Life cook book in Bexley Wing, with her friend Sue on hand to gift wrap!

Jacqui has already raised £70,000 for YCC appeal through her various fundraising endeavours and the cookery book proceeds will also be donated to the appeal fund.

This recipe-packed book is lovely and sleek and has wipe-able pages throughout - it would make a fabulous Christmas gift for the special chef in your life! They cost only £7 each or a fantastic bargain of £10 for two!

A chat with Jacqui is always a welcome ‘positivity’ experience. We love this girl!



Buns, Boobs and Bits!

Wednesday mornings mean only one thing to staff on level 3 in Bexley Wing - Buns!

Christine Barber brings in homemade cakes and buns as a way of saying ‘Thank you’ to all the incredible staff and for the treatment that she received at Leeds Cancer Centre for breast cancer in 2013.

We here at the YCC team would like to say a huge thank you to this wonderful woman, her positivity is renowned around the hospital, and so are her cakes!!

So far she has raised over £6,000 over 3 years - an amazing result! Chris said: "We give our patients the very best care that we can – I want to show the same level of care to all my colleagues and to anyone reading this article by urging you all, women and men, to check your boobs and bits regularly – and what better way to remember than through Wednesday is ‘Buns, Boobs and Bits day!’"



Ewan Runs the Greater Manchester Marathon

On 2nd April, Ewan ran in the Greater Manchester Marathon for Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

“I’m doing this for my Dad, who passed away in 2007 after being diagnosed with lymphoma,” he told us. Ewan wanted to raise money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal which gives wards at the Leeds Cancer Centre funding for medical equipment and home comforts. He managed to raise an impressive £3,045.94.



Watercolour Paintings by Norman Cairnduff

Painter Norman Cairnduff has painted iconic locations across Yorkshire and has kindly agreed to donate all the money raised from selling his paintings for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal.

If you have a chance when visiting the hospital, please take a moment to admire these paintings and for any enquiries to purchase one, please contact Yvonne Holmes on 0113 2068809 or email

Twenty six of these beautiful paintings have already sold, so take a look when you can to see if there's one that takes your fancy.



Morning Star

Members of The Lodge of the Morning Star and friends delivered a very generous cheque for £2,566 to the Cancer Centre this morning - funds raised from various events organised by Lodge members since April. Huge thanks to all who contributed to this impressive fundraising - our MRi Sim Appeal will benefit from all their hard work!



In Memory of Charlie Clayton

Family and friends of Charlie Clayton held a fabulous Ball in his memory in 2014. As Charlie’s anniversary approached, organisers of the event visited the Radiology Department to view first-hand the department that had benefitted from all their hard fundraising work - a fantastic £37k!

They were delighted with the newly-refurbished Radiology Reception, waiting areas and corridors. Charlie’s widow, Bernadette said, "It’s made a huge difference. When we visited with Charlie during his time as a patient here, the whole area was very drab and desperately in need of some uplifting images, furniture and lighting, now it’s really welcoming."

Pictured against one of the colourful mural backdrops that the funds helped to purchase are: Bernadette Clayton (2nd from R), her sons Daniel Moorhouse (L), Ben Moorhouse (R) and family friend Anne-Marie Holdsworth.



Christmas in July?!

Back in July Gill Briggs decided to host not one but three Christmas Dinners.

"The first one was so successful I repeated it for different guests, and as the news spread it wasn't difficult to do a third one. Each party coincidentally had 10 guests, and they are all keen to repeat the experience next year! I just asked everyone to give a donation for The Bexley Wing- and raised £1,000! I hope this will encourage others to do something similar."

We thank Gill and her husband for hosting these festive dinners and her continued support.



Friends in the Right Places!

Tim Shambrook used his influence as Regional Officer,Yorkshire (South) W140 S-Class Model Register Captain to raise some cash for YCC Appeal. Tim’s wife Lesley is one of our Charity Shop Volunteers, so Tim is no stranger to fundraising!

"We had a good turnout for our Club’ Tim said ‘and everybody bought raffle tickets! They had to before they got their free coffee and biscuits!" Tim and supporters raised £100 on the day.



JD's Positivity Recipes For Life

Jacqui Drake's latest venture is the "JD's Positivity Recipes for Life" Cookbook.

The publication of the book has been sponsored by Norpak, Weber and wonderful supporters who donated their favourite family recipes - 90 in total!

The cost of the book is just £7 each or two for £10.

All proceeds will go to Jacqui's Million for YCC!

These make ideal Christmas stocking fillers - simply email or pick one up from our charity shop in the Bexley Wing Atrium.



Cash For Coins!

Over the years, YCC have accumulated hundreds of foreign coins and notes donated by our lovely supporters.

A couple of months ago we sent off our collection to Cash4Coins and were delighted with the result of £883.06! Thank you to the Cash4Coins team for sorting our collection and providing us with photos of what currency we had!

We had over 90 different countries currencies in our collection and HERE are photos of just some of what we had.

If you have any foreign notes/coins lying around at home, please send them in to us, old and new! Contact or 0113 206 8950 for further information.



Liz Turner's Cake Stall

Liz Turner, along with friends and family held a cake stall in the Atrium on Monday in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Centre. A raffle was held with a 1st prize food hamper and 2nd prize Christmas cake! The stall looked great and all the cakes even better.

The cake stall raised £1,477.23 and the raffle raised £223.00 which is amazing!

Liz Turner also held a coffee morning at her home in September where she raised £650. This brings Liz's fundraising total to £2,350.23 Well done and thank you ladies!

Photos of the day can be found on our Facebook page.



6th Annual Nick Clark Memorial Match

Steve Akal organised the 6th annual fishing match in memory of Nick Clark. Steve was again delighted with the turnout and the resulting fundraising.

"The weather was perfect and we all enjoyed the BBQ and evening presentations. We’ve already booked Lindholme Lake for next year’s match and hope to exceed the £5,351 raised this year. We’re all very proud that this event has over the years raised £35,351!"

Photos of the day can be found on our Facebook page.



September Ball 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our 21st September Ball. The night was a huge success, Happy to confirm we’ve exceeded £45,000!!

A wonderful evening was had by all with the Raffle and casino doing us proud; additional sponsorship from Barclays, The Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation,John Hainsworth Bates Charitable Foundation helped contribute to the night.

Thank you also to our Main Sponsors Lowell, Engie and TIG; as well as the acts who helped really get the party started, Take That Two and the Night Jars.

This income from the evening will be used towards the purchase of £2.4m for MRi Simulator.

Photos by kind commission by John Manktelow Photography, can be found on our Facebook page.




A big well done and thank you to Pavilions of Harrogate who have raised over £6,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre at the Great Yorkshire Show. The Picture below shows a cheque being presented at their 21st Birthday party.




A huge congratulations to Sophie Webster, family and friends who raised around £10,000 which is incredible. Her Webstival event was a great success and we can't thank her enough. Sophie's continuous support for the Yorkshire Cancer patients is greatly appreciated.

You can read more about Sophie's Event in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner here.



Great North Run

Runners wore their Yorkshire Cancer Centre vests with pride at the Great North Run. Anne-Marie Ritchie told us, "It was challenging but the charity got us round. We are over the moon to have raised over £1,600 for the Centre"



Quiz in the Face of Cancer

In August, our friends at Lowell Giving raised £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal with their quiz night - 'Quiz In The Face Of Cancer!'



Ruby & Lily Dowse

Ruby and Lily Dowse are raising funds in memory of their Grandmother Mrs Pauline Dowse. They have recently raised £323.70 through bake sales, shows and a hand crafted donation box made by the two of them. Their Grandmother Pauline was cared for here at Bexley wing and the girls are raising as much money as possible for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre. So far, the family has donated £1,436 to YCC.



Green Street Club Charity Night

The Green Street Club Charity night on behalf of Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal was an outstanding success with over £1,300 being raised (official figure to be released soon). Commenting on the evening was Richard Akrigg, "I would like to thank the Green Street for making the race day something special. Once again thanks to the Committee."



Chris Barr's Lyke Wake Challenge

On the 8th July, Chris Barr completed the Lyke Wake Challenge, a gruelling 42 mile run across the North Yorkshire Moors from Osmotherley to Ravenscar on the East Coast. He managed to raise an incredible £1,600 for the YCC Appeal.

Thank you very much Chris!



Marks & Spencer's Static Bike Ride

On Tuesday, Marks & Spencer (White Rose) held a Static Bike Ride in their store to raise money for YCC. They managed to raise £158 for the appeal through selling merchandise and donations.

Many thanks to all their staff and customers!



Tough Lowell!

Congratulations to the 18 fundraisers from Lowell Careers who took on the full Tough Mudder UK challenge (10-12 mile course!) on Saturday 29th August and raised over £3,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre.



Alles Team YCC!

On 23rd July, our triumphant cyclists made it all the way to Paris and were able to celebrate in front of the Eiffel Tower. Thank you very much to Team Kerrigan (Ian, Keith, Nia, Roger, Stefan and Jonathon), Mary and Natalie, Emma and Corrine, David, and Sam, Amy, Andrew, Louise, Sally and Jonathon! Hopefully you aren't too sore! Their just giving pages can be seen below for any last minute donations for all their hard work.



The Big Jump!

On Sunday 23rd July, six of our brave supporters took part in a skydive to raise money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre. Collectively they have managed to raise over £8,000!

Thank you Imogen, Eidin, Sophia, Noel, Marc, and Marie for all your hard work and fantastic fundraising!



Sean & Vicki's Kilimanjaro Triumph

Sean Gilbert and his sister Vicki Burton arrived home following their fantastic Kilimanjaro trek for YCC. This gallant pair gave themselves a target of £3,000 in sponsorship and exceeded it with style, with £3,542.22 raised on their JustGiving page.



Leeds 10K

Thank you and well done to all our runners in the 2017 Leeds 10K! For all the photographs of the day, have a look at our Facebook page!



Hats & Cravats

YCC's annual Cream Tea event, Hats & Cravats, raised its greatest total yet on Thursday 6th July, with a terrific £2,415.60!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came down to buy some goodies, donated to the appeal and bought raffle tickets.

We would also like to thank ENGIE for their onging support, plus Jacqui's Million and Anne Trotman for their stalls and donations on the day, and all the local bakeries and individuals, including Vantage Coffee who donated food and drink for us to sell.

And last but not least, thanks to our immense volunteers from Lowell Careers and Turner & Townsend, as well as our regular YCC volunteers who helped run the show; without whom the day wouldn't have been the success it was!




Horsforth Golf Club

Organisers of the annual Horsforth Golf Club Charity Day proudly displaying their certificate having raised a whopping £8,264.75 in support of YCC! Huge thanks to all teams, members & visitors who were involved.



Sue Dodman Retires

On Friday 30th June, our Oncology Matron Sue Dodman retired after 37 years at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust!

Sue, along with her husband Andy have been wonderful supporters of the Appeal over the years through fundraising events such as the Great Yorkshire Stairclimb.

We wish Sue the very best in her retirement!



Lowell Warriors

Congratulations to the "Warriors" from our corporate partners Lowell, who continued their amazing fundraising by raising over £3,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal and Cancer Research UK at Total Warrior in Leeds on 25th June!

This superb video by Jordan Long captures the team as they navigate the muddy course. Such fun!



Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation

Visiting Bexley Wing to present a fabulous cheque for £5,000 on behalf of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation is Vice-Chair, Richard Stroud.

"We wanted to support Yorkshire Cancer Centre in memory of Dr Kate Granger, who was presented with the YYAF Unsung Hero award in 2012."

Accepting the cheque is Kate’s Consultant Dr Dan Stark and her husband Chris Pointon. Dr Stark said: "Kate was a truly inspirational woman and she achieved an incredible amount through her fundraising and her #hellomynameis campaign."

Chris added: "I’m delighted that the Foundation has supported the appeal that meant such a great deal to Kate."



Sand Moor Gold Club Captain's Day

Sand Moor Golf Club Captain Nigel Stallworthy is having a brilliant fundraising year for Yorkshire Cancer Centre with £2,000 already in the fund. He is pictured with his wife Michele and past captain Geoff Lowe at Halfway House during Captain’s Day last Saturday. Nigel said, "The members were very generous and donated over £1,000!"



Sophie's Cake Stall

Sophie Webster is determined to raise funds for Leeds Cancer Centre where she receives her treatment and she arrived in Bexley Wing on Friday 23rd June armed with delicious home-made cakes and with her husband Elliott to help out.

Sophie is also organising a big outdoor event ‘Webstival’ on 1st October at Shelley Cricket Club.

To support Sophie, please visit



Beverley's Father's Day Champagne Bird Raffle

Beverley’s Father’s Day champagne bird raffle resulted in another great success for this talented artist.

Beverley crafts her birds from champagne wire and the results are truly astonishing! 25% of all proceeds from sales are donated to YCC.

In addition, Beverley & husband Les hold several raffles a year with 100% donated to the appeal - £484.61 was raised from the latest raffle.

A familiar figure, Wilfred Gilliard, our ‘resident’ pianist, pulled the winning ticket which belongs to Mrs Caroline Wagstaff from York.

"You’ve made my day," said a thrilled Mrs Wagstaff when Beverley phoned to give her the good news. To date, Beverley has donated £5,944.42 to YCC appeal.



John Ackroyd's Grand Trek

Soaking up the sun and enjoying every minute of his Grand Canyon Trek, veteran YCC fundraiser John Ackroyd has returned home to Denholme, Bradford having raised over £4,000 for YCC.

Over the years, John, who also took on Nepal and The Inca Trail has raised nearly £17,000! John told us, "A fantastic trek - the group are still chatting online and planning a walk in September- all good stuff!"

To read more about a truly indefatigable fundraiser, have a look at his interview in the Telegraph and Argus here.



Ilkley Boys' Golf Day

The Ilkley Boys have done it again! This time, main organisers Andy Williams, Simon Barnes and Adam Knight held a brilliant golf day at Ben Rhydding Golf Club on 9 June and raised £1,220.32 for YCC Appeal.

Adam said: "Massive thanks to all the sponsors, teams and individuals who helped to make this result possible - a truly fantastic day!"

Well done to Lee Moss who won on the day closely followed by David Williams.



Yorkshire Three Peaks 2017

On Saturday 3rd June, we held our annual Yorkshire Three Peaks event. The day was a huge success with 39 participants coming along to take part along with some family and friends to help support! We cannot thank our wonderful fundraisers enough for all of their hard work and determination and we hope your legs and feet have just about managed to recover!

Huge congratulations to you all!

For all the photos from a great day in the Yorkshire Dales, have a look on our Facebook page.



David Croft & The Heritage Boys

David Croft held a fundraising concert on 20th May to raise money for YCC. The evening was a great success with music from the 60’s played by the Heritage Boys. David is taking part in our Grand Canyon Trek later this year and has managed to raise a fantastic amount that stands just over £2,000! A massive thanks to David and his family and friends who have been supporting him.

Donations can be made on his JustGiving page here



Piano Tuning

Our lovely grand piano needs regular maintenance, and piano tuner Trevor Leeming provides this valuable service free of charge in support of our patients and YCC appeal. Huge thanks to Trevor for keeping us in perfect pitch!



Venatu Consulting Ltd Conquer Three Peaks for Liz

A group of friends and colleagues from Venatu Consulting Ltd in Doncaster completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks on 12th May. Team members Lisa & Brendan Aherne, Aimiejo Shutt, Ali Gomerson, Chris Gomerson, Kriss McPhee and Andy Brentnall braved the scorching heat and completed their challenge in under 11 hours. Supporting their friend, Liz Wilkins (who is undergoing treatment at Leeds Cancer Centre), the team raised £1,062 for YCC appeal.



Violin and Piano by David and James

On Monday we had the pleasure of having James Gerrard and David Wallace come in to play the violin and piano. The pair entertained patients, visitors & staff for a few hours in the Bexley Wing with their wonderful playing. Thank you very much for coming James and David, we really enjoyed having you here!



Team LCC For Leeds 10K

So far, 40 staff members from within Leeds Cancer Centre are tackling the Leeds 10K with Team YCC!

Their goal is to raise funds to boost our appeal to buy a £2.4m MRI Simulator for patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

Katie Spencer, a registrar in clinical oncology, told the Yorkshire Evening Post on Tuesday: “I’ve not done any fundraising runs for charity before but the cancer centre seemed the obvious choice - it brings everyone together and is something everyone can support. It should be a good day and hopefully we’ll raise a decent amount of money for the centre.”

To sponsor the team, visit their JustGiving page.



Team Lowell's Gung Ho

Congrats to the 17 team members from Lowell Careers who completed BeGungHo - a 5k inflatable obstacle race and raised over £2,700 for Cancer Research UK and Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal!



Leeds Half Marathon 2017

Massive congratulations to our fundraisers who ran the Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday! Well done Tony and Christiana Brown, Gareth Harrison and Steve Parker! Many thanks for all your hard work.



Paris Marathon 2017

Jo & Mark Pears completed the Paris Marathon on 9th April - the first runners to support YCC in Paris! Jo said: ‘Paris was experiencing a heat wave so be both did slow times - still got over the finish line though. It's really a beautiful race and it was lovely to be in Paris. We wanted to show support for our friends Mags & Paul who have had fantastic care at Leeds Cancer Centre.’ Jo & Mark have so far raised £766 for the appeal.



Serenade String Quartet

The Serenade String Quartet entertained patients, visitors & staff throughout the day on 19th April in Bexley Wing with a fabulous, eclectic and melodic selection of popular and classical music. Cellist, Sam Laverick said, "The acoustics in The Atrium are fantastic and we like to think that our playing was enjoyed as patients and staff came and went - we certainly enjoyed playing for them!"



Race Night

YCC Fundraiser Claire Gough held a Virtual Race Night last Friday in support of Liz Wilkins' fundraising through #lizsjourney. They managed to raise a fabulous £1400 which will be put towards Liz's total, taking it over £24,000! Many thanks to Liz, Claire and the rest of their family and friends who have helped out!!



JD's Positivity Recipes!

Jacqui Drake's next venture to raise more money for Jaqui's Million is a charity cook book. JD's Positivity Recipes.

The idea is that people pledge their favourite recipe at a cost of just £10 and this can be done in memory of someone special. Jacqui is looking for 100 recipes from starters and mains to puds and cakes. The book will then be published and all proceeds from the sales will go direct to Jacqui's appeal.

To pledge your special recipe simply download our form by following the link here.

Then pledge your £10 by clicking the 'just giving' link here. Please make sure you include the word 'recipe' with your name when making your pledge.

Please send your completed recipe cards to

"As ever your support in raising more money to save more lives is truly appreciated by both me and the hospital. Love as ever JD xx"



Oakwood Primary Academy Bobble Hat Day Raises £250!

We were delighted to return to Oakwood Primary Academy to thank all the staff and students, who raised £250 for the YCC Appeal during a 'Bobble Hat Day' last December. What a great idea and a fantastic fundraising total - thank you very much!

To read more about the success of the day and the visit to the school made by Fundraising Coordinator Nicola and YCC Volunteer John, visit the Oakwood Primary Academy website.



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!

Please click here to read Jacqui's story.



Volunteers AGM

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



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.



Nanoknife Celebration

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.



Abbey Dash

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 the Somme.

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.

To read more about Simon's epic cycle ride, or to sponsor him, please visit his Virgin Money Giving Connect page.



Roy's Cortina to Cortina departs Bexley Wing!

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."

You can donate to Richard's JustGiving page here:



Volunteers Toast £80K Raised!

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.

You can stil sponsor Kate by visitng



Leeds 10K - 10th July 2016

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.


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!

You can see all our photos from the event on our Facebook page.



Silcoates School Sixth Form Students

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.



NanoKnife Launch

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.

Some more photos from the day can be seen on our Facebook page.



Christmas Variety Concert

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!

Merry Christmas!

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.



Vandubz Club

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:



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!



Dazzling Diamonds!

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!

Our 20th Anniversary Ball will be held on the 24th September 2016.



Volunteers' Cream Tea

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!

Thank You!



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.

You can see some great photos from the morning, as well as a video interview with Kate Granger at the start of the race on Facebook.


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!

To get involved with more of our running events in 2015 including the Leeds 10K and the Yorkshire Marathon, click here.



The sky's the limit for Peter!

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: