Cancer researcher crowns Kelsall's May Queen

Thursday, 15th June 2017 | General | 0 comments

North West Cancer Research funded researcher Ross Sibson had the honour crowning the new May Queen at a fundraiser organised by the Kelsall-based committee.

The committee has held its spring gala for the past 39 years – raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for life-saving cancer research.


​This year in partnership with Kelsall Primary School, the gala crowned the village's annual May Queen, Ruby Wisbey a pupil at the school. Ruby then led the centrepiece of the gala the May Queen parade.


Gala festivities also included a six-a-side football tournament with local primary school teams, a space hopper race and a selection of stalls selling crafts, plant, vintage products and books.


So far £2,560 has been raised, which will be donated to North West Cancer Research to support life-saving cancer research projects in the region.


The annual Kelsall Charity Gala is one of the largest fundraising events in the area and in the past, has attracted famous faces including, Ken Dodd, Jean Boht, Pamela Powers, Nigel Jay and the Duchess of Westminster.


A legacy of supporting life-saving cancer research


The Kelsall Gala started as a garden sale nearly 40 years ago. Organised by Lillian Lightfoot, who lost her husband to cancer, it was a great success with the local community and ran for several years.


Lillian unfortunately died of cancer some years later, but determined to carry on the family legacy, her daughter Angela Harrop turned the garden sale into the charity gala it is today with the support for the Kelsall-based fundraising committee for North West Cancer Research.


Angela said: “The charity gala receives a lot of support from the Kelsall community every year. It’s great to see my parent’s legacy carry on and to raise so much money for cancer research.


“Thank you to everyone who came along and gave so generously, to all our volunteers, to Kelsall Primary School and finally to the other members of the fundraising committee – without whom none of this would be possible.


“Cancer is something which affects so many people – I myself have lost both my parents to it – which is why every penny we raise to help support research into stopping cancer is so important.”


​To find out more about how you can fundraise for life-saving cancer research visit our fundraising page or contact 0151 709 2919.


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