Leeds family smashes fundraising target

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A fundraising family have hit their £200,000 target in support of regional and national cancer charities and organisations.

Pink Events - a north Leeds-based charity founded by Sarah Pattinson after her sister Kimberley O’Rourke was diagnosed with breast cancer – finally hit the incredible target following its tenth annual Pink Ball.

Speaking after the event, which was held at The Marriott Hotel to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sarah said: “To have raised this amount of money is inconceivable and would not have been made possible without the continued support of so many generous people.

“However, having witnessed first-hand the incredible work that St James’s and Cancer Research are doing, it is paramount that we continue to raise funds for these and other charities as the equipment they require costs an inconceivable amount of money. Here’s to the next £200,000!”

Since 2005, the charity – which became even more poignant when both Sarah and her mum, Maureen Young, were also diagnosed with breast cancer – Pink Events has donated £64,008 to Cancer Research UK’s Breast Cancer Research and £90,194 to Leeds Breast Care Unit at St James’ Hospital, where their donations have helped to purchase a Vectra 3D imaging machine, treatment couches and televisions for rest areas.

Sarah Mattison, Cancer Research UK’s local fundraising manager for Leeds, said: “I would like to thank Pink Events for the massive contribution they have made to our vital breast cancer work over the past 11 years.

“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against breast cancer and continues to do so.”