WHEN Lillian Lightfoot lost her husband three decades ago to cancer, she was determined to raise money in his memory.
A garden sale was organised which became popular with the local community but then in a cruel twist of fate, she also died from cancer.
Eleven years on, daughter Angela Harrop is making sure her mother’s legacy lives on.
This weekend sees the annual Kelsall Charity Gala return to the village’s primary school fields which is now one of the largest fundraising events in the area. The event is organised by the Clatterbridge Cancer Research Kelsall Committee, now led by Angela, which has recently raised more than £250,000.
She said: “Since my mum’s death from cancer 11 years ago we have tried to continue in her footsteps to help beat cancer and hope to do so for many more years to come.
“Finding a cure for cancer is a mission close to my heart and I owe a big thank you to my fellow committee members who work so hard for such an important cause.
“This Gala promises to be a lovely afternoon, bringing the people of Kelsall together.”
The gala, which takes place this Saturday at 11.30am, has attracted famous faces in the past such as Ken Dodd, Jean Boyt, Pamela Powers, Nigel Jay and the Duchess of Westminster.
This year, Clatterbridge head of research, Professor Ross Sibson, will cut the ribbons at the official opening at 2pm when he will be presented with a cheque for £4,500 raised by the Kelsall Committee over the past 12 months.
The event will start with a six-a-side football competition for junior age boys and girls, followed by flower demonstrations, karate, a children’s entertainer and raffle draw. There will also be live performances from Kelsall School’s choir and band and Weaver Vale Dance Club.
Proceeds will be presented to Clatterbridge Cancer Research at a future date.
To help raise funds, or join the Kelsall Committee, contact Natalie Childs-Fielding on 0151 343 4300.