Pat’s variety night for cancer charity

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Music and dancing will be the order of the day when a family host a second Macmillan Variety Show at Norton College on Saturday.

Organiser Pat Long has been a supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support for the past seven years and helped plan many other events, including art exhibitions, balls, tombolas, and talent shows.

She first came into contact with the charity in October 2007 when she was diagnosed with cancer of the gullet.

“I had support from family friends and Macmillan,” said Pat, of Norton. “It was all a great help, and Macmillan haven’t just helped me, they have been a constant source of support for my husband, children and grandchildren. We couldn’t have coped without them.”

As part of her treatment, Pat had an operation to remove some of her gullet, remove her voice box and lift the stomach. Today, she has to use an electrolarynx – a device held next to the neck which transform sound vibrations into speech.

Pat has been going for regular check ups, but earlier this year doctors found that she had a new tumour.

Sadly, this time it is not curable.

Pat is being well looked after and doctors are keeping an eye on treatment to make sure that she is receiving the best available.

Last year, the whole family pulled together and organised a grand Macmillan Variety Show, to give something back to the charity that has made such a difference to them. It was a great success and raised over £1,000, which has helped Macmillan to reach and support other people with cancer.

This Saturday’s entertainment will come from acoustic singer songwriters, Holly Taymar and Chris Bilton, dancers from Dance Expression, musician David Swann, Sixth Form Boot Kickers, Ryedale Jazz Band, Young Sceptic , Katie Burns singer, Laura Kewley, and Kirstie Reid.

There will also be a tombola and refreshments on the night and lots of fun to be had.

Tickets cost just £8 – or £5 with concessions – and are available by calling Christine on (01944) 768500, Pat on (01653) 697806 or from Mrs Kewley at Norton College.

Alternatively, tickets can be bought on the door.




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