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Christmas Fair To Raise Vital Funds For CancerCare

A Christmas Fair is being held at Leighton Hall today (Wednesday), to raise funds for CancerCare.

Stalls by local businesses and craftspeople will be lined up at the event run by the venue's Suzie Reynolds.

Suzie herself helped to set up the charity in the early ‘80s and has supported it ever since.

Suzie said: “I was involved almost since CancerCare started.“It was the vision of Professor Malcolm McIlmurray, a leading oncologist, who set out to build a comprehensive cancer service. An advisory group was set up and I was part of the fundraising committee chaired by Peter Cole.

“It was decided that we needed a centre in Lancaster and luckily Slynedales came on the market. It was heaven sent! We did all sorts of fundraising for it and what a joy with was when we got it. It was as if it was meant to be. It was quite extraordinary.”

The committee was able to secure the purchase of Slynedales and the building was eventually opened in August 1991.

In more recent years CancerCare has also opened the Lakes Centre in Kendal and the Trinity Church Centre in Barrow.

Suzie continued: “Having been involved from the start, there is always the wish to remain involved; to see where it’s going and what it is doing.

“In the early days there wasn’t a service like CancerCare in this part of the world and I still think there’s nothing like it.

“It was pioneering and it was very exciting to be involved from the word go.

“When you are lucky enough to be part of something like CancerCare, you feel that a tiny part of you is in it. It’s your baby in a way.”

The event will take place from 10am to 2pm with carol singing by Yealand Curch of England Primary School at 12.30pm. 

Entry is £4 including coffee and mince pies. Leighton Hall is signposted from the A6 near Carnforth. 

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