This year marks the golden anniversary of the formation of the Bridlington Branch of the Yorkshire Cancer Research Committee, and to celebrate the group will be hosting a Golden Anniversary Dinner Dance.
Since the formation of the group in 1967, a fantastic total of over £2.5 million has been raised. This has come from events and also legacies which have been left to YCR.
Jan Jagger, who is the current committee chairman said: “It is quite an achievement for such a small committee to raise such a large amount of money. We have annual events such as the dinner-dance in March, a luncheon in October, and also a Race Night along with events such as coffee mornings and craft fayres.”
Jan continued “In the past we have raised funds through open garden events, cookery demonstrations, antiques evenings, coffee mornings …..the list goes on.
The YCR as a charity receive no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters, and also through legacies, donations and annual events.
“This year we have been invited to be the chosen charity for the Rotary Club Golf AM/AM which is being held in May, and also there will be a charity clay shoot at Raisthorpe Hall in June.” said Jan.
“We have an active membership, with one of the founder members, Arthur Proudly who is 90 still attending the meetings and events. He was at the meeting at Bridlington Town Hall in 1967 and today he acts as the father figure of the group and is the go-to person for advice on any issues.”
To kick start the YCR celebration year a Golden Anniversary Dinner Dance is being held on March 11th at the Spa Royal Hall. Steve Caprice, the well know Elvis tribute entertainer, will be performing on the night, along with live band The Aces. There will a tombola and a sponsored raffle on the night and tickets are available in advance from the chairman Jan Jagger.
Dr Kathryn Scott, Interim Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “On behalf of Yorkshire Cancer Research, I’d like to pass on our thanks and congratulations to all those who have been involved in the success of our Bridlington Committee over the past 50 years. It really is amazing that the group is still going strong after five decades.
“Our committees throughout Yorkshire raise around half a million pounds every year and our research just wouldn’t be possible without them. I’m extremely proud that the charity is supported by such dedicated and hardworking volunteers.”
Jan added “Come along and help us celebrate…it will be a great evening and all the money goes to the Yorkshire Cancer Research which in turn provides vital work in helping to cure and fight cancer”