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Kendal’s longest running house warming party opens its door to Rosemere

Opening their door to Rosemere: Bill and Jean Leece, hosts of possibly Kendal’s longest ever running house warming party!

A house warming party that can lay claim to being Kendal’s longest ever running has just raised £337 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation!

Its hosts, Jean and Bill Leece, have used the get together to support various local good causes over the last 25 years since moving into their home 26 years ago.

Jean explained: “We moved in just before Christmas and needed to get the house in some sort of order for the festive season so didn’t have time for a house warming. Instead, we decided to have a belated party to mark our first anniversary, asking family, friends and neighbours round and every year since then, we’ve kept the date for an open house celebration!”

As well as food and drinks, Jean and Bill have organised an annual raffle plus sold Jean’s home knits and home-made cakes, jams and chutneys alongside other home-made goodies donated by guests. Books and clothes have also been sold to boost fundraising.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire.

It does this by funding equipment, research, training and other services that would otherwise be beyond limited NHS resources at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including the units at Westmorland General Hospital and Lancaster Royal Infirmary. For further information on its work and how to donate, visit

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