Pendle residents unite in fight against cancer

Artists and crew of "fight night" celebrate their grand total (S)
Artists and crew of "fight night" celebrate their grand total (S)

Residents have united and stood up to cancer during a “fight night” in Colne.

Organised by Tess Atkinson James, the event at The Venue in Albert Road raised £410 for Pendleside Hospice.

Long Mondays with Brian Riley (S)

Long Mondays with Brian Riley (S)

Around 150 people visited the nine-hour extravaganza, which featured everything from live music to a raffle and an auction.

Tess, who fund-raises for many charities close to her heart after the death of her grandma and the continued battle of one of her best friends, said: “It was really good and busy all day.

“Everybody was really supportive of it, and there was a lot of praise for the standard of performers.

“We had bands coming from all the place, with the furthest being Preston. A lot of people in the bands have been affected by cancer in some way, so they really wanted to contribute because of that. We were all united, and it was like a big family party.

“My friend, who the event was for, was able to join in, which was brilliant as we didn’t know whether he would be well enough.”

To show her dedication to Marie Curie Cancer Care, manager of Outcry Arts Tess had the charity’s iconic daffodil etched onto her skin last year.

She will be busy raising money during a Greenbrook Operatic Society concert next Friday, and she also has a swimathon lined up for Marie Curie in April.

The 34-year-old, of Birtwistle Avenue, Colne, added: “There are a lot of people I would like to thank for helping with fight night, in particular Coun. Neil Butterworth and the people of The Venue - the staff have been amazing and went that extra mile, never charging a penny for the use of the place.

“I would like to thank sound engineer Simon Cook and the team of volunteers who helped collecting money and stewarding.”