Annual gala for cancer charity

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A HOST of family attractions will be on offer this weekend at an annual gala in aid of a leading cancer charity.

Entertainment on the day will include the Fleur de Lys majorettes, a Kennel Club approved dog show, falconry display, the RAF air cadets band, classic car and lorry displays, as well as stalls, games, rides and home made cakes.

Ecclesfield Gala runs from noon to 5pm on Sunday and is held in Ecclesfield Park, Sheffield.

Entry is free, but all money raised at the gala goes to Macmillan Cancer Research.

Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Sheffield, said: “Ecclesfield Gala is one of our biggest events of the year in Sheffield.

“The funds raised at last year’s event alone would pay for over 400 hours of local nursing care which would help thousands of local people affected by cancer.”

Over the years, the gala has raised more than £100,000, which has been used at the Palliative Care Unit at the Northern General Hospital, the Lymphoedema service at the Fairlawns clinic in Middlewood, Macmillan nurses in Sheffield and the provision of grants for people affected by cancer.

Last year’s event raised a record £10,000, and gala organisers Michael Whiting and Margaret Hatfield are hoping to mark Macmillan’s Centenary by topping that amount.

Michael said: “In 2008 the event was nominated for an award as ‘Sheffield’s Best Community Organisation’ at Sheffield’s Night of Honour and in 2009 the award was won outright by The Ecclesfield Gala.”

n For more information call Macmillan on 01246 810 301.