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Friends reclaim their youth for charity

Still in the groove: friends Ian and Mary at their 60s/70s disco
Still in the groove: friends Ian and Mary at their 60s/70s disco

[A] longstanding group of Lakeland friends decided to reclaim their youth and live life young after it dawned on them that the rare occasions they now saw one another for a drink and a catch up was at funerals!

So two of their number – Ian Postlethwaite, of Kendal, and Mary Bland, of Endmoor – turned back the clock with a 60s/70s disco night at the IBIS Social Club in Kendal that with its raffle and auction, raised £2,500 for charity. DJ for the night was local painter and decorator Andrew Fell, who donated his time and talent at the decks.

Having both successfully fought cancer, Ian is donating half of the sum raised to Rosemere Cancer Foundation, while Mary is giving the other half to the Breast Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

With plans for future similar get-togethers already in the pipeline, 67-year-old Ian said: “It was a great night. We sold all our tickets and could have sold a lot more such was the interest. For us, the 60s/70s is our era so a disco night of the decades’ hits was perfect.

“We are definitely going to organise more discos. Life’s for living and it was a bit of surprise when we realised that nowadays, it took a funeral to get most of us together for a drink socially.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation spends the donations it receives on vital equipment, research and training that cannot be funded by the NHS. It works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to local cancer patients throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire via their local hospitals and the region’s specialist cancer centre, the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston, which also undertakes all local radiotherapy treatment.

Over the last year, Rosemere Cancer Foundation has invested £142,428 in projects benefitting cancer patients being treated at hospitals in Kendal, Lancaster and Barrow.

The charity also funds those things that can make the cancer journey a little more comfortable such as free access to complementary therapies for all newly diagnosed patients. For further information, visit its website at www.rosemere.org.uk and a catch up was at funerals!

So two of their number – Ian Postlethwaite, of Kendal, and Mary Bland, of Endmoor – turned back the clock with a 60s/70s disco night at the IBIS Social Club in Kendal that with its raffle and auction, raised £2,500 for charity. DJ for the night was local painter and decorator Andrew Fell, who donated his time and talent at the decks.

Having both successfully fought cancer, Ian is donating half of the sum raised to Rosemere Cancer Foundation, while Mary is giving the other half to the Breast Care Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

With plans for future similar get-togethers already in the pipeline, 67-year-old Ian said: “It was a great night. We sold all our tickets and could have sold a lot more such was the interest. For us, the 60s/70s is our era so a disco night of the decades’ hits was perfect.

“We are definitely going to organise more discos. Life’s for living and it was a bit of surprise when we realised that nowadays, it took a funeral to get most of us together for a drink socially.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation spends the donations it receives on vital equipment, research and training that cannot be funded by the NHS. It works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to local cancer patients throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire via their local hospitals and the region’s specialist cancer centre, the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston, which also undertakes all local radiotherapy treatment.

Over the last year, Rosemere Cancer Foundation has invested £142,428 in projects benefitting cancer patients being treated at hospitals in Kendal, Lancaster and Barrow.

The charity also funds those things that can make the cancer journey a little more comfortable such as free access to complementary therapies for all newly diagnosed patients. For further information, visit its website at www.rosemere.org.uk

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