A CHARITY night in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust was the best ever, say organisers.
Held in memory of Winsford schoolboy Andrew Taylor, who died of leukaemia aged just 12, the seventh charity night raised a record £3,000-plus for the charity.
Family and friends have held the event since Andrew's death in 2001 and have now raised a magnificent £18,000 for the Trust, which aims to provide bone marrow donors to save the lives of leukaemia sufferers.
This year's fundraiser at Winsford Conservative Club featured music, an auction of goodies and a Full Monty-style show. Organiser Wendy Cain said: 'It was a fantastic night and we raised just over £3,000, which is the most ever.
'There was a packed house and I cannot thank the people of Winsford enough - we got to around £2,800 and said we wanted to get to £3,000. And when we said we were £200 short they got up out of their seats and put their hands in their pockets to take us past out target.'
Andrew's mother Sue and the rest of his family joined in the fun and an auction of gifts brought in the most money, including a signed picture of Liverpool FC boss Rafa Benitez which raised £200 and the chance to use a stretch-limo which raised £250.
If you missed it, Wendy is organising another on March 7, 2008, at the same venue.
Trust representative Susan Barrow, of Winsford, said: 'On behalf of the Anthony Nolan Trust I'd like to say a huge thank you to Wendy and Paul Cain for raising a brilliant amount of money that will go a long way to save lives.'
* For information about the Trust, call 01606 557386.