Putting our region's cancer needs first

Local Blackburn School Raises over £1,000 for Life-saving Research

A top independent school, Westholme School in Pleasington, has raised over £1,000 in aid of regional Charity North West Cancer Research.

Westholme School carol service pictures

The school, which hosted a carol service at Blackburn Cathedral in the run up to Christmas, has donated £1,244 – the proceedings of their service collection, to support vital cancer research and education across the North West.

The service was led by The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones and included traditional lessons, prayers, and a repertoire of carols, solos and performances by the impressive school orchestra and popular swing band.

Westholme Principal Dr Robson said: “A special thank you to The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones for leading the service. Our carol service is always a wonderful festive end to the Autumn term and the superb quality of our musicians and singers is enjoyed by all parents and guests.

“We’re so pleased to have raised a significant amount during our collection and are proud to be supporting a Charity that focuses on the cancers most affecting our friends, families and communities right here in the North West and we’re excited to continue supporting them throughout the year. A special thank you to all guests who generously donated.”

North West Cancer Research is an independent charity dedicated to putting the region’s cancer needs first through funding pioneering research and education to tackle the cause, improve the care and find the cure for cancer. The organisation focusses on the types of cancer most affecting those in the North West and North Wales, with several projects currently being undertaken at nearby Lancaster University.

Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, said: “We’re so grateful to Westholme School for thinking of us during their special Christmas celebrations and congratulate them on such a successful event! A huge thank you to all those in attendance who donated to our cause.

“All funds raised are a huge help as we advance our research and education activities and ultimately support us in our mission for a cancer free future.”

Westholme School are busy planning more fundraising and outreach activities alongside North West Cancer Research for throughout 2023. You can stay up to date on the Charity’s social media pages.