Grand charity night raises £2,400

Posted on: Monday 21 Dec 2015

To say thank you for the fabulous care given to her grandfather, Alex Eckford, at Harrogate Hospital’s Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre and the support from Macmillan after he was diagnosed with blood cancer, Georgina Green organised a grand charity night to raise money for both Macmillan and Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity.

On Saturday 21 November 2015, Georgina and her family and friends took over the Harrogate Conservative Club for a charity night of fundraising.

The night was a great success with an amazing £2,402.14 being raised through a range of fundraising activities including tombola, raffle, auction and a quiz. The night finished off with a disco and everyone had a wonderful time all in memory of Alex.

David Fisher, Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity, said: “Thanks to the amazing support of people like Georgina, Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity is able to provide funds for pay for specialist equipment, research and patient and family support that would otherwise not be there, making a real difference to patient and their families when they need it most.”

Georgina said: “After all the support and care that the amazing nurses gave my granddad in his time of need I felt that raising money to say thank you was the way forward but didn’t think for one minute how much I would of ended up raising.

“It was a challenge doing the event which I did enjoy a lot and with amazing support from friends and family we made it happen, I just hope it inspires others to do the same.”

Michaela Ryder, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, said: “We are a national charity with a local heart, and believe that no one in North Yorkshire should have to face cancer alone. Cancer is a cause that touches almost everyone and the need is now greater than ever, with over 3,500 new cancer diagnoses every year across the area. As a charity we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, so the work we do simply wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support of people like Georgina, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to her and her family from everyone at Macmillan!”