Mrs Andrews followed the group’s fundraising achievements with interest and admiration for several years prior to her death on 1st December last year.
She also maintained a special interest in the research undertaken on behalf of Cancer Research UK by Professor Gillian Birch at Manchester Children’s Hospital. Ribble Valley & White Rose Ladies have supported the professor’s research for the past ten years.
Having lost her own son at the age of thirteen in the 1950’s, Mrs Andrews Will reflected her desire to prevent the loss of children’s lives.
Sara Jane Chorkley of Farleys Solicitors in Accrington, Lancashire, who broke the news to the group, said “Emily was a spirited lady who wanted to help others. The work of Ribble Valley & White Rose Ladies fitted the bill.”
Founder of Ribble Valley & White Rose Ladies, Karen Weaving, said, “We are completely overwhelmed by Mrs Andrews’ generosity. Needless to say, £20,000 has given a huge boost to our fundraising for 2012.”
Karen, who runs Skipton’s Rendezvous Hotel with husband Malcolm, set up Ribble Valley & White Rose Ladies in 1998 to raise money for research into childhood cancer. The group are set to reach their £1m milestone later this year.
Mrs Andrew’s donation will be added to further funds being raised as part of the group’s record-breaking annual Relay For Life, which is being hosted by the Broughton Hall Estate on 22nd and 23rd September. The event brings together cancer patients, survivors and supporters from across the Craven area. The group are keen to involve anyone from the area who has been affected by cancer.
The group’s 2011 Relay for Life event raised £110,000 for Cancer Research UK and topped funds raised at all forty three Relay for Life events held across the country last year.
Ribble Valley & White Rose Ladies organise fundraising events throughout the year. For more information visit www.ribblevalleyandwhiteroseladies.co.uk or contact Karen Weaving on 01756 700100.