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Ladies’ luncheon club raises £200,000 for cancer research

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FUNDRAISING group, Cheshire Ladies’ Luncheon Club – which includes many members from Warrington – is celebrating raising £200,000 after 26 years of supporting Cancer Research UK.

The club (also known as CLLC) consists of members from across the county and beyond. Beginning its fundraising for Cancer Research UK in 1995, the club’s committee has since raised £200,000 by hosting fundraising luncheon events, in various locations across the county, for its members.



Chairman Sheila Sheedy, from Stockton Heath, said: “CLLC began in 1995 with a few ladies having lunch and making donations to Cancer Research UK. It has grown over the years and we now have nearly 200 members. On average, the club donates £10,000 per year, raised at just four lunches.
“During the pandemic, we were unable to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. But, I am so proud that we were able to come together to celebrate reaching our 26th year of supporting Cancer Research UK, and raising in excess of £200,000 in the process.
“My grateful thanks on raising such an amazing sum goes to the many ladies who have given their time serving on the committee and to all the members and their guests who have attended our lunches throughout the years. Their generosity and support are the main reasons we have been so successful.”
Chris Doyle, Cancer Research UK’s  fundraising manager for the North West said: “The Cheshire Ladies’ Luncheon Club has made a huge contribution to Cancer Research UK’s work since they began and we are incredibly grateful for their support.
“Cancer Research UK has been hit hard by COVID-19. Almost every way we raise money to fund our research was impacted by the pandemic, with our shops temporarily closed, and events cancelled. We now have a clearer picture of the financial impact of COVID-19, and expect to see a reduction in our fundraising income of £250m over three years (2020-2023) compared with our pre-COVID budget.
“However, we are only able to achieve our ambition of 3 in 4 people surviving their cancer diagnosis by 2034 through the dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like CLLC, without whom we would not be able to fund our life-saving research.”
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity,  call 0300 123 1022 or visit cruk.org.
 

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