Masquerade Party Supports Cancer Research

Efforts at cancer research got some extra help on 4th April when sisters Marie Northall, Stacey Foster, Danielle Beasley and Joanne Foster held a masquerade charity ball in aid of Cancer Research UK. Joanne Foster says that the event, which was held at Bedworth Ex-Servicemens Club in Bedworth, Warwickshire, was inspired by a family member. “My auntie, Wendy, is currently receiving radiotherapy following a course of chemotherapy, so I know, first-hand, the amazing work that Cancer Research does,” she explains.


According to Cancer Research UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer each day that will survive the disease for more than 10 years thanks to research. The group funds research into over 200 types of cancer. Formed in 2002 from the merger of two older groups, one of which was established in 1902, they are “now the biggest single independent funder of cancer research in Europe, supporting the work of more than 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.”

Through the decades, they’ve helped establish radiotherapy as a treatment in the UK and develop targeted radiotherapy that “fits the shape of a tumour,” linked sun exposure and skin cancer in 1935 and smoking with lung cancer in the 1950s. Their scientists discovered synthetic hormones for breast and prostate cancer treatment, developed chemotherapy drugs and led some of the earliest studies of cervical screening in the 1950s.

Campaigning on part of the organisation led to smoke-free legislation across the UK in 2007, while their scientists found “that lifelong smokers lose around 10 years of life expectancy.” The 2000s also saw them find a link between hormone replacement therapy and increases in women’s risk of breast cancer, and help fund a study into diet and health that “links a diet high in red and processed meat, and low in fibre, to increased bowel cancer risk.”

The ball featured a variety of entertainment, including a violinist, contemporary covers band Silverside, a salsa lesson and masquerade awards. Northall says they used word of mouth, Facebook, posters and advertising in local businesses and community centres to promote their event. They were able to raise a bit over £2,000.

“The entire night was really enjoyable,” she says. “Everyone seemed to get into the spirit of fun. Planning the event took a lot of time, so for anyone organising an event I would advise them to get help from friends or family.”

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