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Tea dance tops up cancer fund

The retro tea dance at Hampton Road Social Club for the Macmillan Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

The retro tea dance at Hampton Road Social Club for the Macmillan Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

A group of friends who have lost loved ones to cancer has raised more than £1,000 for Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Macmillan Unit.

The money was raised in a retro night, celebrating the 1940s and 1950s with a tea dance (above) held at the Hampton Road Social Club.

The event, which was organised by Carol Levers, was attended by 70 people, most of whom were in full costume, whose lives had been affected by cancer.

It raised nearly £870 as friends dug deep for the cause, and was added to by another £140 which was donated through Carol’s Just Giving fund-raising page.

The money was given to the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, which raises money for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Carol said: “My sister Elaine passed away two years ago – everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer.

“Elaine was very well looked after by the unit. It’s fabulous. It’s not just the clinical care; it’s the support and advice you get. It’s the holistic approach that I like. I think it’s fantastic.”

Carol has organised other events to raise money for the unit and she is already planning to have another 1940s and 1950s retro night to raise more funds.

Carol’s guests included Malcolm Hewitt, who lost his wife to cancer. And even the DJ, Mike Rossi, has a family link to the disease.

His wife has recently recovered from cancer after being treated at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

 

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