Inspired fundraisers

The fund-raising group who raised around �1,300 for The Christie Charity at Jubilee Hall in Atherton.
The fund-raising group who raised around �1,300 for The Christie Charity at Jubilee Hall in Atherton.

GENEROUS fund-raisers enjoyed a night of entertainment which raised around £1,300 for a hospital which has helped their friends and relations through cancer.

A group of friends and charity collectors, drawn from across Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley and with members from as far afield as Bury, put together the event at Atherton’s Jubilee Hall after attending a previous charity event there.

The fund-raiser, which brought in around £1,300 for The Christie Charity, included live sets from comedian Kenny Mills, who also acted as compere, and Wigan’s very own Tom Jones impersonator Ian Anthony, with a DJ playing music in between the other entertainments.

The 130-strong audience also dug deep into their pockets to help The Christie with a raffle, guess the name of a giant teddy bear, the nearest coin to a bottle of whisky and other fund-raising activities.

Brian Monks, one of the organisers, said: “We really enjoyed a Jubilee fund-raiser we went to in Atherton and from that decided to do a fund-raiser ourselves.

“We chose to raise money for The Christie because cancer has touched quite a lot of us in the last few years either directly or indirectly, and it is where our friends have all been treated. The hospital has done a really good job for them.

“The club itself was very supportive and helpful, and I was amazed at just how generous so many people in the community were. It worked really well and the atmosphere on the night was just buzzing.

“I would like to thank all the businesses who donated such good-quality raffle prizes, and everyone who attended the event and donated so generously.”

The fund-raising group are now looking to run another similar event next year.