Appeal for support to save Sheffield charity gala

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A POPULAR and long-standing community gala which raises thousands of pounds each year for a cancer charity is under threat, organisers say.

Ecclesfield Gala, which has been going for 28 years and raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support, is desperately seeking volunteers.

Michael Whiting, gala organiser, said: “Over the last 28 years, the gala has become an established event in Ecclesfield’s calendar providing a day of family fun and entertainment which brings the whole community together. It is something we are all proud of.

“But many of the team are not getting any younger and we need new people from the local community to help us to keep this event alive.

“We need people to help organise different areas of the event. It is extremely rewarding and we would welcome anybody who would like to become a member of the gala team.”

This year’s festival takes place on Sunday from noon until 5pm at Ecclesfield Park with attractions including the Fleur de Lys Majorettes, a Kennel Club-approved dog show, falconry display, children’s sports day, martial arts display, RAF air cadets band, classic cars, stalls, amusement rides, homemade cakes and more.

Rob Turner, from Macmillan, said last year’s event raised £9,000 - enough to pay for 400 hours of nursing care for cancer patients.

He said: “If anyone is interested in getting involved in the 2013 Gala, please get in touch as we need your help to carry on this amazing event.”

n To get involved, call 07545 419725.