Cancer support centre plan for Leeds boosted as event proves a knockout

Teams compete at DLA Piper's It's A Knockout event in aid of Maggie's Yorkshire in Roundhay Park.

Teams compete at DLA Piper's It's A Knockout event in aid of Maggie's Yorkshire in Roundhay Park.

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Hundreds of fundraisers have battled it out to become It’s A Knockout champions during a TV-inspired family fun day.

The event saw original equipment and costumes from the hit television gameshow, which had stints on air from 1966 to 2001, put to use by 30 teams representing businesses across Yorkshire at Roundhay Park.

Ben Feely, fundraising manager at Maggie's (right) at the site of the proposed Maggie's Yorkshire centre at St James's Hospital with Kate Smith, head nurse on the oncology clinical services unit, Karen Henry, lead cancer nurse at the Leeds Cancer Centre, and Sean Duffy, strategic clinical lead at the Leeds Cancer Centre. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Ben Feely, fundraising manager at Maggie's (right) at the site of the proposed Maggie's Yorkshire centre at St James's Hospital with Kate Smith, head nurse on the oncology clinical services unit, Karen Henry, lead cancer nurse at the Leeds Cancer Centre, and Sean Duffy, strategic clinical lead at the Leeds Cancer Centre. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Stalls selling art and confectionery as well as food and drink were also erected in the park to raise as much money as possible for the Maggie’s Yorkshire charity.

Law firm DLA Piper staged the event, which has so far raised more than £15,500 for the organisation, on July 10.

The YEP is also backing the charity through the A Million for Maggie’s campaign, which aims to raise a seven-figure sum to make dreams of a new Maggie’s cancer support centre opposite the Bexley Wing at Leeds St James’s Hospital a reality.

Ben Feely, centre fundraising manager at Maggie’s Yorkshire said: “I’d like to thank everyone at DLA Piper for organising such a fantastic event, and for encouraging so many local businesses to sign up and raise funds for Maggie’s.”

Andrew Clarke, who organised the event and is a partner at DLA Piper, added: “We are delighted and honoured to have organised this event on behalf of Maggie’s and are enormously grateful to all of the teams and spectators who made it such a great success.”

For more on the YEP’s A Million for Maggie’s campaign visit maggiescentres.org/millionformaggies.

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