Early breakfast blooms for charity

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An early doors charity event held at this year’s North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) Harrogate Spring Flower Show raised over £2,000 for the PPR Foundation Brain Tumour Research charity.

Held in the President’s Pavilion at the Great Yorkshire Showground, guests enjoyed a champagne breakfast before having a sneak preview of the show prior to the public opening.

To date the PPR charity (which is based in Ripley) has raised over half a million pounds and since 2012 has been helping to fund a research team (which now includes a post-doctorate researcher, research nurse, lab technician and PHD student) led by Professor Susan Short at The University of Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, located at St James’s hospital.

Pam Roberts who founded PPR in 2009 following the death of her husband Peter, from a malignant brain tumour, said: “We were delighted to be the named charity at this year’s Spring Flower Show breakfast.

She added: “We are a small charity with big ambitions, run by a dedicated band of volunteers, many of whom have lost loved ones to a brain tumour.

“Support from organisations such as the NEHS is blooming wonderful and helps us to continue our fight to eradicate this dreadful disease.”

Brain tumours take more lives of children, women under the age of 35 and men under the age of 45.

Yet, research into the condition receives less than one per cent of the national cancer research spending.

Harrogate Flower Club will hold an open demonstration to raise money for the Harrogate-based PPR charity on June 9.

Internationally acclaimed floral designer Andrew Grisewood will feature in the event entitled Summer Sensation at Christ Church Parish Centre, High Harrogate, from 6.30pm.

Tickets are £10. Phone Christine Booth 01423 524378 or Ann Fitzgerald 01423 884682.

For further information on The PPR Foundation - Brain Tumour Research charity and future fundraising events visit the charity’s website www.thepprfoundation.com