Hospice the winner from cancer ball

The annual 'Burnley versus Cancer' ball held at Burnley Football saw Pendleside Hospice emerge as the winner.

Wednesday, 3rd August 2016, 3:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd August 2016, 5:44 pm
Philippa Foster, staff nurse, Emily Whiteoak, rehabilitation assistant, Lauren Fallows, Lucy Birch and Karen Cookson, day therapy leader

The third annual ball raised £4,000 for the hospice with an Oscars-based Hollywood red carpet-style evening.

Burnley accountant John Fallows organised the ball in memory of his dad Martin who died of prostate cancer aged 62 in 2000.

The event followed the 2014 ball which was Las Vegas themed and the 1920’s Speakeasy ball last year.

John’s daughter Lauren Fallows said: “We have supported the hospice in previous years but this year we decided to raise money solely for Pendleside as my boyfriend Jack Higgins’s mum Lynn Higgins was cared for at the hospice before she died in January.

“The care and support which Lynne and all the family received was fantastic and staff couldn’t do enough for everyone.”

Lucy Birch, a payroll clerk at John’s firm, added: “Over the three years we have raised about £12,000 that has gone to various charities which provide care and support to people diagnosed with cancer as several people at the firm have had close family and friends diagnosed with the illness, some of which have accessed Pendleside’s facilities”.

Sammi Bracewell, fundraiser at Pendleside Hospice, said: “We can’t thank everyone at John Fallows Accountants enough for their efforts, generous donation and continued support.”