Breast cancer event raises nearly £3,000

From left are Doug and Pearl Hall of The Golden Lion in Romanby, with, back row, Chris and Pauline Newcombe, along with volunteer waiters Richard Severs, Greg and Henry Newcombe and Jack Buch. (s)
From left are Doug and Pearl Hall of The Golden Lion in Romanby, with, back row, Chris and Pauline Newcombe, along with volunteer waiters Richard Severs, Greg and Henry Newcombe and Jack Buch. (s)
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A FUNDRAISING event held in a Romanby pub by a breast cancer survivor and her family raised almost £2,800 to help fight the disease and its effects.

The Golden Lion hosted a coffee morning/afternoon on Monday, April 2. The event was organised by Pauline and Chris Newcombe and their two boys Greg and Henry in aid of Cancer Research and the Complementary Therapy Unit of the Friarage Hospital.

Last year Pauline was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. This prompted the family to raise funds to be used towards finding a cure for this disease and for the complementary therapy unit at Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital.

The unit is run by Kathryn Almond, who offers a holistic approach for cancer patients with aromatherapy, acupuncture and massage treatments. These are not funded by the NHS but by voluntary donations to the Alistair Bullen Aromatherapy fund.

Chris and Pauline approached Pearl & Doug Hall, proprietors of the Golden Lion in Romanby. They were more than happy to donate the use of their premises for the fundraising event. Following advertising of the event locally and by word of mouth prizes for the raffle and tombola kept rolling in, along with trays full of cakes.

Pauline, who next week [16th] begins a phased return to her job as school secretary at Northallerton’s Broomfield School, said: “I’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising event on the day. The response from the local community has been overwhelming. People have been very generous and we would especially like to thank Doug and Pearl Hall from The Golden Lion in Romanby, Bob and Veeda Chaytor, all the staff and customers of Romanby Village Store and Post Office – and the boys who served coffee on the day.”

Chris added: “On the day we were worried that no one would turn up and support us but we have been astounded by the support from the local community and reckon that about 250 people came through the doors.”

The day was very successful and raised £2036.02 to be divided between the two charities, with Barclays Bank donating a further £750 towards Cancer Research.