Posted on 3rd September 2013

Garden Party Raises 22,000 for North East Teenage Cancer Trust

A garden party has raised £22,200 for young people in the region fighting against cancer.

"Sunday Lunch in the Gardens which was held at Thornton Hall near Darlington, raised vital funds for the two Teenage Cancer Trust Units at the RVI and Freeman hospitals in Newcastle.

The garden party, which was sponsored by Latimer Hinks Solicitors and George F White, hosted over 330 guests and included a Pimms reception, a sit down lunch in a marquee, golden ticket tombola and an auction. Guests also had the opportunity to walk around the spectacular walled gardens at Thornton Hall.

The Teenage Cancer Trust units at the RVI hospital in Newcastle treats young people between the ages of 13 and 18 and the Freeman hospital treats 18 to 24 year olds.

Teenage Cancer Trust provides specialist services throughout the UK for young people with cancer, primarily through their units in NHS hospitals which are designed to offer an environment tailored for their needs and where they can be treated by Teenage Cancer Trust experts.

Mike and Sue Manners of Thornton Hall said: "We were delighted by the fantastic response that we had to this event. We would like to thank our friends and sponsors for their generous support in helping to make the day such a great success, with a special thank you to Mark Simpson and Nigel Wilson our very entertaining auctioneers.

Jonathan Wallis of the George F White Wolsingham Office, who is also Chairman of the Teenage Cancer Trust North East Board, said: "I was both very touched by the support to this event. Not only did so many people attend and give so generously on the day, we were also overwhelmed by the amount of donations to the tombola and auction.

"It has been a pleasure working with Mike and Sue Manners to organise this event. Teenage Cancer Trust is making a real difference to young people in our region who are fighting against cancer and the amount raised from this event will make a significant financial contribution to the on-going work.

Nicola Neilson, a Partner at Latimer Hinks, said "It was fantastic to see so many people in attendance at the garden party to help such a great cause like the Teenage Cancer Trust, which does so much to help young people who are fighting cancer.

"It has been a privilege to have worked with Mike and Sue to help organise the event, and the amount of money that was raised will benefit the two hospital units greatly.

The event was organised by Mike and Sue Manners of Thornton Hall in conjunction with members of the Teenage Cancer Trust North East Board.