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£900 raised after “Love Your Charity” night for Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

Mayor of Crawley Carlos Castro and his wife Katia Castro joined supporters of the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre for a fundraising evening at Hispalis Spanish restaurant in Crawley.

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Crawley Mayor Carlos Castro attended with his wife at the charity event hosted by Yashar Koksal.

Guests enjoyed the chance to catch up with friends old and new over a delicious meal.

After dinner Alyson Smith, the Olive Tree Fundraising Manager, wielded her trusty gavel during an auction, encouraging everyone to bid high for some great prizes which included tours of the Bolney Wine Estate, passes to No.1 Airport Lounges, AC/DC memorabilia signed by drummer Chris Slade and a magnum of Prosecco kindly donated by Yashar Koksal, the owner of Hispalis restaurant.

Once the auction was completed, more excitement and anticipation were generated by the raffle which was ably run by Alyson and her daughter Ellen. 

The evening was greatly enjoyed by all present and approximately £900 was raised, all of which will go towards helping the Olive Tree team to continue supporting local people affected by cancer.

A spokesperson from Olive Tree Cancer Support said:

“Congratulations to Alyson and fundraising team, particularly Rebecca Dorkins and a huge thank you to Yashar for providing such an excellent venue, to Carlos and Katia for fitting the event into their busy schedule and to all of our guests.”

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Crawley MP wears it pink for Breast Cancer Now

Henry Smith MP added a dash of pink to his usual attire in support of Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18th October.

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Since launching in 2002, Wear It Pink has raised over £33 million to date. Henry is calling on Crawley residents to join him and sign up for Wear It Pink to help to make possible life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing support for those affected by the disease.

Henry said;

“Every year in the UK, around 55,000 women and around 350 men are given the devastating news that they have breast cancer.

“This is why I urge everyone in Crawley to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink day on Friday 18th October. 

“The money raised by this wonderful event has such a huge impact, allowing Breast Cancer Now to fund vital research and support for those living with a diagnosis. I hope that everybody will Wear It Pink this October and support this very important cause.”

Anyone can take part in Wear It Pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people chose to Wear It Pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.

Baroness Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, commented;

“Breast cancer still affects so many of us, and our goal as a charity is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well. The money raised from Wear It Pink is so crucial to helping us to fund vital breast cancer research and support for those affected by the disease.

“We hope that by wearing pink, Henry Smith MP will encourage more people to Wear It Pink on 18th October and help us to continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support.”

Joining Henry on the day were four Breast Cancer Now supporters who have been affected by breast cancer, including Kate, from Worthing, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2015.

She said;

“When I was diagnosed my world turned up-side down. Secondary breast cancer means that it has spread to other parts of the body, making it incurable – but for me it’s treatable for some time. It’s truly incredible how breast cancer treatments have advanced over the years and it really gives me hope for the future.

“It is so important that we continue to raise money, so that nobody will lose their lives to this devastating disease in the future. This is why I’m calling for everyone to take a stand against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink on Friday 18th October. It’s a great way of raising vital funds for breast cancer research for the future, and care for those affected by the disease now.”

In April 2019, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now merged to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, united around the shared ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well. Every Wear It Pink donation will help towards this goal.

Wear It Pink on 18th October and raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Visit www.wearitpink.org/mp to register and claim your free fundraising pack.

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