Friends' twelfth night of fundraising

The family and friends of a man who tragically died following a short battle with lung cancer raised the roof at the annual club night held in his memory.

A fundraiser from the Trust holding a cheque worth £1425.

Two of the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s most dedicated supporters, Vanessa Lockwood and Pauline Hirst, organised the event at Treeton Miners Welfare Club in January, raising £1,425.


The fundraiser, which included a raffle, bingo and music from band Echo Beach, was held in honour of Pauline’s husband Neil who died in 2014 aged 56 at Rotherham Hospital.


Vanessa, of Treeton, Rotherham, said: “We absolutely love fundraising for the charity because it helps to keep Neil’s memory alive. Our recent club night was brilliant once again and it was wonderful to see the club packed with our family, friends and everyone from the village. Everyone comes together to support our fundraising, whether it’s buying tickets for the event, donating raffle prizes or tickets and playing bingo.


“Thank you to everyone who have stuck with us for more than a decade, it really does mean so much to us.  We’re really proud to have raised so much again for a charity which is close to our hearts.”


The pair have raised more than £13,000 in 12 years for the charity.


Rachael Dawes, Head of Fundraising, said: “We are so proud to have fundraisers like Pauline and Vanessa who have supported the charity for many years. Their club night was a resounding success once again and a lovely way for Neil’s family and friends to come together and remember him.  


“Their fundraising has enabled us to do so much more for the patients we care for and their families.”


For more information about the charity, or about fundraising, please get in touch with Suzanne Rutter or Rachael Dawes on 01709 426821 or