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Swing For Victory
Monday 5th October 2015 @ 15:47 by Lee Wild
Ashton News
More than £2,000 was raised at Friday’s Lavender Ribbon Cancer Charity Swing Night in Ashton.
The charity, which opened its Ashton centre on Market Street in June, now hopes the event, held at the Masonic Hall in the town, will become an annual occasion.
The charity’s Chris Taylor, 35, explained: “It was a 1940s’ themed swing ball event. We had professional and experienced dancers who put on a bit of a show for everybody and we aimed to make it a fun evening with a serious undertone.”
The Civic Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside Cllr Vincent Ricci and his wife Julie were among the VIPs who took to the dance floor to support the charity.
“I love swing music so this was my kind of night,” said The Mayor.
“I’m delighted to be here for the Lavender Ribbon charity. I’ve been involved from the very start; they asked me to open the shop and then they arranged a charity fun day in Cheetham Park in Stalybridge.
“It’s important to support every charity, in particular our local ones and I like to support as many as I can.”
Also attending was the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Sharman Birtles and the Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital Karen James.
High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Sharman Birtles added: “It’s a very new charity but the aims are exceptionally good.
“It’s vitally important to support local charities; this country would fall apart without volunteers and voluntary organisations. If I can do anything to encourage people to take up voluntary work then my job has been worthwhile.
“Voluntary organisations are the backbone of this country.
“Plus I adore swing music so wanted to be there.”
Traditional wartime costume was optional with some donning fabulous traditional dress to represent all of the armed forces.
The charity is primarily concerned with providing a programme of post treatment supportive care to cancer patients.
The hard work doesn’t stop there.
The charity will open the area’s first ‘pay as you feel’ café today (Thursday), to turn surplus food from local supermarkets and other food businesses into nutritious meals that everyone can afford.
The Herb Loft café is based at the charity’s Market Street centre in Ashton, where customers will be asked to pay whatever they can afford or to donate their time to help the charity.
The café is being run with support from Tameside College.
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