About Petal Childhood Cancer Research

Karen Weaving started Petal Childhood Cancer Research (previously Ribble Valley & White Rose Ladies) over 17 years ago to raise funds specifically for research into childhood cancers for Cancer Research UK.  In September 2013 Petal achieved their £1 million milestone and in April 2014 invited His Royal Highness Duke of Gloucester to a celebratory luncheon as Guest of Honour. (The Duke is President of CRUK and an Honorary Member of Petal).

Petal has a small committee of 7 women volunteers – most of them also in full time employment! They organise numerous and varied events every year.  The highlight and biggest fundraiser is the Annual Ball which takes place in February each year.  In addition they also organize Relay For Life a 24 hour community event in September, which raises substantial funds.  Whilst Petal’s chief passion is about fundraising, they are also hugely committed to raising awareness of early diagnosis, in children and young people especially.

In 2012/15 Petal raised £200,000 to fund the first 3 years of a ground breaking trial on neuroblastoma in children & young people being undertaken by CRUK’s Dr Martin Elliott at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Since 2015 to present day, Petal have raised over £100,000 to fund the work of Professor Sue Birchall also at St James in Leeds.

Sue and her team, compliment the work of Professor Martin Elliott as her laboratory work in Leeds research why tiny fragments of neuroblastoma develop in the blood cells of children which then leads to the cancer continuing to grow or come back after treatment. This work will also be very important in allowing her team to identify patients who need more intensive treatment and where treatment can be reduced to then reduce toxic side effects for children.

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£1350 raised at July’s Ladies Luncheon

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Thank you to Olivia Slack for entertaining us with her stories of growing up on the farm . Olivia is 19 years old, unfortunately her mum Judith passed away after…

£19,500 Raised at the 2017 Petal Ball!!

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We’re delighted to announce that on the 11th February we held our 19th Annual Ball and raised a whopping £19,500 through the generosity of our sponsors and guests. The event…

£2,604 Raised At February ‘Yorkshire Rows’ Lunch

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What a fantastic lunch event we and our supporters enjoyed today. Dr Nigel Blackburn from CRUK spoke about the latest drug developments and specifically about the neuroblastoma research which we…