By Shelley Marsden
SOUTH MANCHESTER sisters Emily and Lucy Smith have announced a charity night on October 28 whose proceeds will go to the hospital which treated and continues to treat their sick mum.
All proceeds from A Night For The Christie at St Kentigern’s Social Club, will go towards cancer charities. The girls, whose family has roots in Kildare, have enlisted the help of Full Irish Radio Presenter Joe Casserley, with his band The Last Drop and Irish and Country DJ Adam Carr for the night’s entertainment.
Emily,17 and Lucy, 22, were delighted in 2007 when mum Carolyn Smith, 46, seemed to have won her fight with breast cancer. However, in September 2012, they were told that their mother’s aggressive form of breast cancer had returned. This time, it is incurable and as a result Carolyn will receive intravenous palliative chemotherapy for the rest of her life.
Lucy told us: “It is thanks to The Christie Hospital that we still have our best friend with us today. The treatment and care they provide is incredible and will enable our family to stay together for longer. ‘A Night for The Christie’ is our way of saying thank you and giving a little back to the charity that keep our mum and the many others affected by cancer alive.”
Since receiving the news the sisters have embarked on a series of fundraising events – they have already raised over £10,000 for cancer charities.
Emily, 17 added: “Our greatest hope is that one day families will not have to go through the pain of cancer. The best way to achieve this is to raise funds to enable further research into the disease, its causes and one day, its cure.”
Tickets are on sale from St Kentigern’s Social Club. The night will include a grand the night there raffle and an auction with prizes, including helicopter rides, exclusively signed merchandise, meal vouchers, hotel vouchers, beauty vouchers and more.
Managing Director, Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “I have known the Smith Family for many years and we are delighted to host their special fundraiser. The family are heavily involved in the Irish Community here in Manchester – so it’s great to see everyone together to support the girls.
“Both Emily and Lucy are an inspiration to young people and I know the family and our community are incredibly proud of their efforts. It’s going to be a great night and every penny we raise will go to such a critical cause.”
THE SMITH GIRLS: Lucy, Carolyn and Emily