Charity Ball raises over £15k for Pancreatic Cancer UK

Charity Ball raises £15k Pancreatic Cancer UK
Stephen, James, Denis and Charlene O’Leary

A Charity Ball in memory of Ann O’Leary has raised over £15,000 in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Held at the Clayton Crown Hotel, Cricklewood, The Red Rose Charity Ball was a huge success, raising £15,883.

Ann passed away from the disease in October 2014.

Her daughter, Charlene O’Leary, organised the fundraiser and has set up a JustGiving page in memory of her Mum and to raise funds for the charity.

Charity Ball raises £15k Pancreatic Cancer UK
Charlene O’Leary and Claire O’Toole, The Red Rose Charity Ball organisers

On 11 October, Charlene and a friend, Lilly Sabri, will be embarking on a challenge of a lifetime, to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The pair have already exceeded their target of £10,000 by more than £7,000.

On her JustGiving page, Charlene says: “During the next three months our main aim is to raise as much awareness and money for Pancreatic Cancer UK as possible, to try and prevent more families going through the loss of a loved one, taken from us way too soon.

“By 2020, Pancreatic Cancer will be the fourth largest killing cancer in the UK.

Charity Ball raises £15k Pancreatic Cancer UK
The O’Sullivan family

“Every day in the UK, 24 families are given the news that someone they love has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.

“For decades, Pancreatic Cancer has remained on the side lines, with survival rates stuck at 3%.

“Over the last 10 years it has received only 1% of the UK cancer research budget. This needs to change.

Charity Ball raises £15k Pancreatic Cancer UK
The Sheridan family

“Pancreatic Cancer UK are constantly trying to make a difference to people’s lives, investing in research to combat and detect this disease earlier, as well as lobbying for greater recognition, whilst being a continued support for all involved in the fight.”

On her fundraising expedition to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, Charlene said: “Kilimanjaro will challenge us not only physically but also mentally.

“Trekking for 6-8 hours per day whilst battling the altitude on the mountain up to the summit of 5895m and experiencing nightly temperatures of down to -15 degrees (a slight difference from recently living in the desert).

Charity Ball raises £15k Pancreatic Cancer UK
Maureen and Dave Hillier and Jemma Halpin

“We will also be supported by the fantastic group that is Charity Challenge who will be filming our every move.

“Over the next few months we would love for you to join us on our journey, through our JustGiving page and social media.

“Knowing that we have your support and thinking of my beloved mum will hopefully give us the strength to reach that summit.”

Charity Ball raises £15k Pancreatic Cancer UK
Compare for the night, Brian O’Toole

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