A WIRRAL charity will mark its 16th anniversary next week and is hoping to break the £140,000 fund-raising barrier, delivering much-needed support for cancer research.
The Wirral Committee – a group of like-minded women – have been organising the annual Wirral Christmas Bazaar, in aid of Clatterbridge Cancer Research, since 1996.
Many of the women have lost loved ones, friends or work colleagues to cancer and some have fought the disease themselves.
Ann Wild, from Neston, is the longest-standing member of the Committee. Ann herself lost her husband Patrick to cancer just over three years ago, making her even more determined to help.
She said: “Patrick was diagnosed with prostate cancer after a blood test and underwent a year of treatment. He died in February of 2009. He had shared our conviction and determination to do something about this dreadful disease.”
The Christmas Bazaar idea came from Ann’s former neighbour, Lady Borringdon, and was later taken on by others.
This year’s event is set to be just as successful as previous ones with a wide range of stalls selling jewellery, clothing, Christmas gifts and delicious food and drink.
The Wirral Christmas Bazaar is taking place on Thursday 8th November between 6-9pm and Friday 9th November between 9.30-1.30pm at The Grange, Thornton Hough, Wirral.
Entry is £3 on the door and free parking is available. This year’s sponsors are Charles Stanley, Strutt & Parker and The Billington Group.
The money from last year’s bazaar was spent on a new project in early drug development with Professor Dan Palmer, Clatterbridge Cancer Research’s Chair of Medical Oncology.
Jennie Corlett, member of the committee, said: “The bazaar is a fantastic event to enjoy with friends and family and with the wide variety of stalls, it’s the perfect chance to get hold of some exclusive gifts this Christmas!”