Macmillan ladies celebrate fundraising total of £17.5k at festive lunch

Denise Park is pictured with Ribble Valley Macmillan chairman Susan Fillary and other members.

Denise Park is pictured with Ribble Valley Macmillan chairman Susan Fillary and other members.

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A total of £17,500 has been raised for Ribble Valley Macmillan through a variety of fundraisers including a recent Christmas lunch.

Organised by Ribble Valley Macmillan Cancer Support 100 Club the lunch was held at the Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho, and attended by 162 members and guests.

Chairman Susan Fillary greets guests and invites them to name Bambi.

Chairman Susan Fillary greets guests and invites them to name Bambi.

Before lunch, the ladies had fun shopping at the Christmas stalls, which were full of jewellery, candles, handbags and festive goodies. While they shopped, singers from the Clitheroe branch of the Salvation Army entertained everyone with carols and festive music.

After lunch, the speaker was Denise Park, who runs a physiotherapy practice in Clitheroe.

Denise, who specialises in extreme sports injuries and is recognised internationally as an expert in this field, gave a talk entitled “Ups and Downs as a Mountain Running Physio”.

At the last three Paralympics Denise has been there as one of the physios. Despite losing a leg herself, Denise still travels the world in her profession and is an inspiration to many disabled athletes.

Rachael Rawsthorne presents a cheque for �1,500 after completing the Great North Run in September.

Rachael Rawsthorne presents a cheque for �1,500 after completing the Great North Run in September.

The lunch raised £2,000 of which the raffle raised £900 and naming the Bambi £100. Rachael Rawsthorne, who completed the Great North Run in September, also presented a cheque for £1,500. When these amounts are added to the £8,100 raised at coffee mornings held throughout the Ribble Valley and other donations, a grand total of £17,500 has been donated in the last three months.

The Committee has expressed its thanks to all members for their generous support. It would also like to thank local businesses and Ribble Valley residents for their continued support.

Denise Park is pictured with Ribble Valley Macmillan chairman Susan Fillary and other members.

Rachael Rawsthorne presents a cheque for £1,500 after completing the Great North Run in September.

Chairman Susan Fillary greets guests and invites them to name “Bambi”.