A donation has been made to Pancreatic Cancer UK as this year’s chosen beneficiary for the annual charity donation made by Grassington Players.
The amateur dramatic society Chairman, David Newall, explains “Each year our members are invited to suggest a charity to benefit from a portion of ticket sales revenue and monies collected at our performances and fundraising events over the course of the year – in this case a coffee morning, our autumn production Getting the Lead and our Dickensian show at Christmas. Sadly, our spring production plans were shelved due to COVID lockdown.”
Pancreatic Cancer UK was suggested as the chosen charity at the 2019 AGM by former President of Grassington Players, Sue Wainwright, who felt this particularly virulent cancer is often overlooked by fundraisers. The charity is dedicated to funding ground-breaking research into new treatments and faster diagnosis of the disease, as well as providing a free-phone support line staffed by specialist nurses for patients and their carers.
Around 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year in the UK and tragically it has the lowest survival rate of the most common cancers, with just seven percent of people living for five years or more after diagnosis.
Players’ Treasurer, Zarina Belk arranged the £280 donation, comprising 10% of production profits along with bucket collection takings.Sue Collins, Director of Fundraising at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We are delighted to receive this financial support from Grassington Players. The funds will help us to take on this extremely tough disease, investing in vital research to help us see the breakthroughs we urgently need.”
Andrew Jackson, President of Grassington Players received a fundraising awareness T-shirt from the charity as a gesture of thanks.
Grassington Players, like many groups, has turned to online get-togethers as a means to stay in contact during these challenging times. Members are looking forward to treading the boards again on the main stage at the Town Hall in Grassington, which has undergone a major refurbishment during the course of lockdown. Grassington Players have contributed to the overhaul with a donation of £400 for new ladders for use with the lighting gantry.
New members are invited to join Grassington Players when restrictions are lifted and rehearsals back on track for shows in 2021.