In Memory of Frank Smith

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Frank Smith

All at Petal are deeply saddened at the loss of friend and long time honorary member Mr Frank Smith who passed away at the age of 83 on 2nd November 2015 having fought cancer for several years. Frank lost his first wife to the disease some years ago and latterly his beloved daughter Alex, 5 years ago also to cancer.

Frank has supported our charity for over 17 years in a multitude of ways but most of all by giving generously at our charity auctions and throwing himself into the huge majority of our events year upon year. One of the last times he was seen in public was at our 24 hour Festival of Fun in September when, despite being extremely poorly, he bravely undertook the opening lap of the event along with other cancer survivors and sufferers. A truly moving sight.

Our Frank was not only a hugely generous, kind and caring character but also a mischievous, fun loving character to the last.

Our most sincere sympathy goes out to his family in their loss.  Rest in peace Frank and thank you for all the wonderful happy memories you have left behind. We shall all miss you dearly.

Certificate of Achievement for Squadron 1104 (Pendle) Air Cadets

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Squadron 1104 Presentation 2

Petal chairman Karen Mendoros was delighted to present Squadron 1104 (Pendle) Air Cadets with a Certificate of Achievement at their HQ on 8th October for raising £2,155 over the last 2 months through their Relay for Life fundraising activities. And further great news is that the Squadron cadets and staff have already committed to continuing with their support for Petal by again having a team for the 2016 event. Well done cadets and bring on next year!!

September Charity Lunch Success

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On 24th September Carl Wilde, celebrity florist and honorary member of Petal, regaled our ‘Lunchies’ with more larger than life stories of his experiences as an award winning florist. It was a record lunch both in terms of attendance and funds raised – over £1500!!

Next lunch will be on 26th November when the speaker will be author Milly Johnson – book now to avoid disappointment!

Relay 2015 Update

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At the close of our 2015 Festival of Fun / Relay for Life on 6th September we were delighted to announce £85,000 raised since January by our committee and wonderful Relay fundraising teams. Well done and sincere thanks to every single one of you – you are all champions for helping us in our mission to give ‘more tomorrows for children with cancer’.

Further good news is that since then the total has risen to just under £89.000 for the year as of 22nd September 2015.

Annual Petal Charity Ball 2015

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On 14th February Petal raised over £13,000 at their annual charity ball held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton. The evening included a 3 course dinner, live and also a silent auction and entertainment was provided by Skipton band ‘Undercover’. The event was completely sold out!

The 2016 Ball will be on 20th February with a ‘Disco Fever’ theme. Tickets are £50 per person. More details to follow in the coming months. Contact secretary Karen Weaving on 0796 781 5559 for tickets and enquiries.