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Ladies group raises £14,000 to help fight cancer

FUNDRAISERS: Charlene Douglas (left) and Melinda ‘Latisha’ Thompson, two of the women behind a Celebration of Life, present a £3,000 cheque to Sarah Cassidy, the Royal Marsden’s cancer charity’s community fundraising executive.

NINE BLACK women whose lives have been affected by cancer have raised more than £14,000 for charities that are trying to save lives affected by the disease.

For three years, Charlene Douglas, Melinda ‘Latisha’ Thompson and seven other women have held the Celebration of Life fundraising event.

The third Celebration of Life event, a combination of a DJ-led Reggae and R&B dance, information awareness and pledge requests, raised more than £6,500, bringing their three year tally to over £14,000 for charity.


The latest event was held in Surrey earlier this year with donors, patrons and volunteers helping to raise the funds. The women also put in some of their own money.

The latest amount of £6500 from Celebration of Life 3 has now been divided between charity Cancer Research UK, the Royal Marsden and Kings College hospitals in London.

The women donated more than £500 to the charity while The Royal Marsden and Kings College hospitals received £3,000 and £2,800 respectively.

“We identified that both the Royal Marsden and King’s College hospitals are building new world class centres to transform the treatment and diagnosis of cancer,” one organiser, Charlene Douglas, told The Voice.

The women have also been long time supporters of Cancer Research UK and have also previously participated in the charity’s annual Race for Life fundraising event.

In a statement, the Celebration of Life organisers also thanked all those who helped made the funds possible.

“To date we have raised £14,534. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated to the fundraising dance…and to all DJs, radio stations, media coverage, businesses and the community for supporting the event” organisers said.

Douglas said the women hoped to eventually set up their own charity.

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