Pendle residents prepare to stand up to cancer at ‘fight night’

Tristesse Atkinson James who has had the Marie Curie logo tattooed on her elbow.
Tristesse Atkinson James who has had the Marie Curie logo tattooed on her elbow.
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A loving friend is inviting residents to join her in standing up to cancer as she hosts a “fight night” in Colne.

Taking place at The Venue, in Albert Road, Tess Atkinson James’ event will feature live music, a DJ and a raffle, and will be raising funds for Pendleside Hospice.

The charity is one of many close to Tess’ heart after her Burnley grandma Audrey Platt died five years ago and one of her best friends continues his battle with lung cancer.

Last year, the manager of Outcry Arts had the famous yellow Marie Curie daffodil etched onto her elbow, and in April she will also be organising a swimathon for the cancer charity.

The 34-year-old, of Birtwistle Avenue, Colne, who was given a helping hand by Coun. Neil Butterworth in securing The Venue, said: “This event is called Fight Night as it is part of a series of events fighting to stand up to cancer.

“There will be a mixture of bands from places including Burnley, Colne and Preston, and a mixture of music styles.

“I am excited and hope it does really well - I want to raise the roof and make people proud.

“I hope the charity receives as much money as possible - it is important to so many people.

“I promised my grandma I would always do this [fund-raising] in her honour, and it is doubly important to me now it is happening to my friend.”

All bands are performing free of charge, and The Venue will not be charging hire costs, to ensure as much money as possible can be donated to Pendleside Hospice.

Fight Night will be held on Sunday, February 8th from 1pm to 10pm. Children are welcome, and entrance is £4.

Raffle prizes are still needed. If you can help ring Tess on 07816214760.