The Llanfairfechen, Aber and Bangor Committee for North West Cancer Research was handed the Dedication to NWCR Cause Award at the charity’s 70th anniversary awards celebrations after raising more thousands of pounds for local cancer research.
The committee began fundraising in 1949, shortly after the charity was established, and since then has organised hundreds of events including fashion shows, open gardens and quiz nights.
Presented by Lord Mostyn, the committee of 12 fundraisers was praised for its contribution to in raising funds for life-saving cancer research at Bangor University.
Since its formation, the committee has worked with communities across Gwynedd and Conwy to raise the profile of North West Cancer Research, as well as awareness of the ground-breaking research projects the charity funds.
The accolade acknowledged both new and old members of the committee including the longest serving member who has been fundraising for 41 years, as well as newest member Edgar Hartsuiker who is head of research at the North West Cancer Research Institute at Bangor University.
Rena Griffiths, Chair of Llanfairfechen, Aber and Bangor Committee, said: “We are honoured and pleasantly surprised to receive the Dedication to NWCR Cause Award. We have been fundraising for the charity for a long time, and over the years we have seen the life-saving work the charity has funded.
“Too many of our members have seen the effects cancer can have on individuals and families, and I think that’s where our drive to help North West Cancer Research comes from.
“We all look forward to fundraising for the charity for many more years to come.”
The North West Cancer Research 70th Anniversary Gala Dinner honoured the efforts of the charity’s life-long fundraisers and researchers, who together have helped the organisation become one of the leading independent cancer research charities in the region.
In the last 18 years the charity has supported £39 million worth of research across the North West, supporting ground-breaking projects at Bangor University, University of Liverpool and Lancaster University.
Special guests included Lord Mostyn, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, as well as Roger Phillips who hosted the evening’s awards.
Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, said: “On behalf of everyone at North West Cancer Research, I would like thank all of our fundraisers, researchers, corporate supporters and donors, whose continued efforts have guided us over the last 70 years.
“The awards allowed us to reflect on their collective achievements so far. As well as looking back, it also gives us a chance to look forward to the future. We are currently funding 50 research projects and our network of fundraisers is growing every day, helping us continue to fund innovative life-saving research here in the North West.”
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