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Party for life to raise charity cash

Dedicated fundraiser Clare Williamson is organising a massive party to celebrate life and to raise money for two charities close to her heart.

Ms Williamson from Semington has joined forces with Community First in Devizes to organise Party For Life – Let’s Celebrate in memory of her brother who died in 2011 and in support of her mother who is battling cancer.

She hopes people will turn out in force for the event on November 6 at Trowbridge Civic Centre. Money raised will be split between The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Campaign, raising £8.5 million towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital, Bath and Community First which provides support for young people and young carers, via the organisation’s Youth Action Wiltshire and Splash programmes.

Ms Williamson’s brother Mark Harper, 45, died at Christmas time in 2011 leaving a huge hole in her family and her mother Pauline Harper who has stage four lymphatic cancer.

It is the second time she has organised a fundraising party and hopes to follow on from her previous success when she raised £7,000.

One in two people are affected by cancer and everyday lives are changed by this disease, just like Pauline and her family.  The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million, which will contribute vital funds to the building of a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This Centre will be a pioneering building, focused on an individualised and holistic approach to the treatment of cancer patients, where every part is designed around the needs of patients with different forms of cancer as well and their friends and family who visit them.  It will transform care for local patients and their families in Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire and even further afield.

With the help of amazing supporters just like Clare, the RUH Cancer Care Campaign is over half way to achieving its target of £8.5 million.

Clare explains why this event and fundraising for the new Centre is so important to her: “My motivation to organise Party for Life again has been driven largely by two people in my life. My mum Pauline is my rock and inspiration, and my brother Mark. My mum is having treatment but she will be at the party. She is an incredible woman and is right behind what I am doing. We hope to raise lots of money for the charities and would urge people to buy tickets.”

The party starts at 7.30pm with a drinks reception and canapes and there will be entertainment provided by a Bristol-based function band, The Soul Strutters. Tickets cost £40 which includes a two-course dinner. There will also be a raffle and auction during the evening

Ms Williamson said: “Both charities are amazing. The staff at Community First has enthusiasm in abundance for the work they do and the services they offer across our county. They have made a huge difference in the community and changed so many lives. The new RUH Cancer Centre in Bath is all about lives in the future and this event will help patients and their families every day when their lives are changed forever by cancer. So please help me raise awareness and vital funding for these two charities. Let’s celebrate what we have and that we are alive and surrounded by amazing people. We’re here for a good time not for a long time, so let’s party!

For tickets e-mail party4life@eye4-media.com or call 01225 899 164 or 07786 344 553

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