Sheffield cancer survivors pass £70k fundraising mark

The 12th annual Cancer Research Fancy Dress Ball has raised �5275 for the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Presenting the cheque to Proffessor Malcolm Reed are event organisers Sharon Beresford, Michele France and Barbara France
The 12th annual Cancer Research Fancy Dress Ball has raised �5275 for the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Presenting the cheque to Proffessor Malcolm Reed are event organisers Sharon Beresford, Michele France and Barbara France
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BREAST cancer survivors have topped the £70,000 fundraising mark after their annual charity event was another storming success.

Sisters-in-law Michele France and Sharon Beresford - who have both battled the disease - celebrated collecting another £5,275 for breast cancer research at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital following a fancy dress ball.

The pair welcomed 800 guests to Sheffield Hallam University’s Hubs venue in Paternoster Row. Party-goers took a trip back in time by donning 1970s-inspired outfits for the occasion and dancing the night away to the sounds of the era.

The ladies, along with their other sister-in-law Barbara France, have raised tens of thousands of pounds since setting up the annual event 12 years ago.

Michele, aged 54, a catering assistant at Sheffield Hallam, was keen to give something back after being treated at Royal Hallamshire following her diagnosis in 1997. Sharon, 55, of Halfway, was diagnosed a year later.

The trio’s fancy dress ball continues to be a sell-out, with people turning out in force to support the cause. Other friends who could not be there, including pals Richard and Julie Cryer, offered donations to the charity while Sheffield Hallam University allowed use of the venue free of charge.

Michele, of Waterthorpe, said: “Every year it just gets bigger and better. We always set 800 tickets aside and we’re always struggling to get them for people towards the end. It is always full of people who are wanting to support our fundraising.

“There are a lot of people we know personally who have gone through it as well.

“You form a very tight-knit group when you have breast cancer. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who came.

“Without them and without their support we would be nothing.”

This year Michele was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her work.