Sheffield charity raises record £170,000 for cancer care

A Sheffield cancer charity has celebrated its success and growth after raising a whopping £170,000 from a fundraiser ball.

Cavendish cancer care held the event, which had 600 guests, at Ponds Forge.

It was devised by the celebration ball committee which at the time was chaired by Tim Pryor who wanted to celebrate the charity and show that you can live a life with cancer.

Mr Pryor died in June 2018 after battling terminal cancer for four years, while working on the ball.

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Claudia Downs, 21, marketing and communications officer, said: “Tim was very passionate about the celebration and so it became very important to make it the best we could after his passing.

“The ball was a huge success, we surpassed our expectations in every way. It is our most successful event to date.”

During the night the biggest success was the live auction which raised more than £63,000. The auction included prizes donated by different organisations such as Journeysmiths who donated a 12-night safari in Kenya.

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Other prizes ranged from private flights to France to a VIP suite to see Take That in the FlyDSA arena or a day to spend with the Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.

Miss Downs, said: “The hope was to raise money and awareness to help local people and it worked. Our hope was to raise around £80,000 and are beyond happy that we were able to raise more.”

Cavendish Cancer Care provides help to 1,900 cancer patients. This number is up 33 per cent on last year.

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The charity provides people throughout South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire with counselling and other therapies to help them as well as their families and carers to deal with cancer.

The charity is mostly funded by donations from local people as the funding received from the NHS is only enough to keep the doors open for two weeks out of the year.

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