MP pays tribute to cancer fund-raiser

MP and star of I'm A Celebrity... Nadine Dorries was at St Alban's Church in St Annes this morning to officially open a fundraising event for the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund and the Little Princess Trust.'Nadine cuts a ribbon to open the event.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'10-1-2015

MP and star of I'm A Celebrity... Nadine Dorries was at St Alban's Church in St Annes this morning to officially open a fundraising event for the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund and the Little Princess Trust.'Nadine cuts a ribbon to open the event. PIC BY ROB LOCK'10-1-2015

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A former I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant and MP opened a fund-raising event for a hospital charity.

Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, cut the ribbon on Saturday to launch Short Cut for Breast Cancer – a day of raffles, crafts and family fun, held to raise money for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity behind Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The event at St Alban’s Church on Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes, on Saturday –was organised by Mary Taylor, of St Annes, who was donating money to the Breast Care Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in thanks for the treatment she received when she was diagnosed with breast cancer on her birthday last year.

Money is also being donated to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs with real hair for cancer patients.

And Ms Dorries paid tribute to Mary’s fund-raising efforts.

She said: “One thing about Blackpool Victoria Hospital is that it is local people looking after local people. Whatever that formula is, it works as the care provided there to patients is exceptional. I think, and hope, that local people realise that.”

Amanda Bennett, head of fund-raising at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are thrilled not only that Nadine was able to take time out of her busy schedule to open this event, but that Mary, who is still undergoing treatment for breast cancer, has chosen to put on this family fund-raising event.”