Cancer Research UK branch to get fundraising efforts back on track

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Cancer Research UK volunteers pictured at a previous BIG Breakfast at the Woodmead Halls

COVID-19 has cost Cancer Research UK £50 million in lost revenue from donations and fundraising by local committees.

Despite that, the charity has managed to achieve so much through innovative fundraising and research breakthroughs.

The Lyme Regis branch had earmarked 2020 as the year it would strive to raise £10,000 to get its somewhere near the £200,000 mark raised since it was first formed in 2008.

The small committee put a programme together with a different event every month and made a good start with raising £1,500 with a soup and sweet lunch and a pizza night at The Pilot Boat.

But when the first national lockdown was introduced, all the branch’s plans went out of the window, as happened in every community throughout the country.

Branch chairman Philip Evans MBE said: “In the end we have managed to raise £4,000, thanks mainly to the ingenuity of our treasurer, Anita Routley, who refused to allow the pandemic to put paid to unique fundraising ideas, and the generosity of the people of Lyme Regis.

“Anita was forced to hold her 24-hour marathon playing board games only, followed by issuing a challenge to supporters to join her in ‘Walking The Wall’ – the entire length of Lyme Regis seafront. That alone brought in in excess of £1,000.

“A tap dancing enthusiast for most of her life, Anita has now completed a Tap Challenge, having done 10,998 steps in 31 days, bringing in another £500.

“With the third lockdown now being eased, we are looking forward to kick-starting our fundraising events for the rest of this year, starting in July with a ‘Welcome Back’ traditional community Sunday lunch at the Woodmead Halls.

“It will be a great way to re-engage with all our regular supporters, a chance for us to say thank you to all those who have been so generous over the years.

“Between now and the end of 2021 we have put together a programme of six events and whatever we raise will be a bonus.

“Our biggest fundraiser of the year, The Big Breakfast will be held on September 25 and we hope to finish the year by letting our hair down at a Gatsby Christmas Ball on December 19.”

The full programme of planned events for Cancer Research UK is as follows:

Sunday July 18

The ‘Welcome Back’ Community Traditional Sunday Lunch, Woodmead Halls. Tickets £8.50, children up to 16 £6

Sunday August 22

The Big Cream Tea, Lister Room, Marine Parade. Tickets £4

Friday September 24th

The BIG Breakfast, Woodmead Halls. Full English £7, bacon rolls £3

Friday, October 22

Coffee Morning & Cake Stall, Baptist Church Hall

Saturday, November 6

Fireworks & Curry Night, Lister Room, Marine Parade. Tickets £10 including homemade curry and glass of wine

Friday, December 3

Christmas Bingo, Woodmead Halls

Saturday, December 17

The Gatsby Christmas Ball, Woodmead Halls, featuring The Gatsby Gang Band. Tickets £25 including superb buffet

To book tickets for all events, contact Philip Evans on 07796 951 991.

Please note, all events will be subject to any COVID-19 restrictions at the time and are subject to change.

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