Friends of Kingsclere are holding a silent auction in support of Cancer Research UK

RESIDENTS have the chance to get their hands on one of Sting’s signature guitars or win a round-trip business class flight to Thailand, while raising funds for lifesaving research.

Four friends from Kingsclere whose lives have been touched by cancer are holding a silent auction to support Cancer Research UK and hope to raise £30,000 so more people can beat the disease.

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Sean Cleghorn, 56, who lost his wife Allison last year just four weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, is one of the organizers.

He said: “We are all aware that we want to give everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer a chance to survive.

“Unfortunately that wasn’t the case for my wife, but the more we can collect, the more we can help research into all cancers, but especially cancers with lower survival rates like the pancreas.”

In addition to guitar and signed flights, bidders can also get their hands on a three-night caravan holiday, international rugby tickets, golf packages, Boeing flight simulator experience, Land driving experience Rover, a Christmas tour of Highclere Castle, gym memberships and many more.

Sting’s signed bass guitar up for auction in support of KCRF

The auction is online and open to all, but will also support a sold-out gala ball and dinner to be held on Friday September 2 at the Sandford Springs Hotel and Golf Club, the brainchild of Beccy Preston, 38 and cancer survivors Mandy Keable, 45, and Claire Ellis, 39.

Mum-of-three Mandy said: ‘In June 2019 I was diagnosed with breast cancer after I found a lump and was terrified. I had two operations as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy and have followed the incredible work done by Cancer Research UK very closely.

“I’ve seen their progress with treatments getting better all the time and I want us to raise as much money as possible to make sure there are more families who get a second chance like us.”

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Meanwhile, Beccy’s family carries the defective BRCA gene which increases her chances of developing breast, ovarian, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

She said: “We have lost family members to this gene and one of my cousins ​​who is my inspiration was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

“I have gone my own way because of my faulty BRCA gene and I fear that my own children may carry it and be at risk. I hope cancer diagnosis, treatment and cures will be even better for their generation.

Claire is also heavily involved in prom and auction planning after her own diagnosis of stage 3 bowel cancer. She was encouraged to have her symptoms of digestive pain checked out by her friend Vicki, shortly before his death from ovarian cancer.

She said: ‘The last time I saw her she urged me to go back to my GP to seek a diagnosis. After chemo and surgery, I now feel great and want to raise money for the amazing scientists who are our best hope of stopping this disease in its tracks.

The four friends who founded the Kingsclere Cancer Research Fundraiser (KCRF) hope people will join them in helping Cancer Research UK scientists, doctors and nurses find better and gentler treatments by bidding on .uk/kingsclerecancerresearchfundraiser.

People have until 9:30 p.m. on September 2 to submit their bids.

Tom Wright, Cancer Research UK’s fundraising spokesperson for Hampshire, added: “Sean, Beccy, Claire and Mandy are an absolute inspiration and we can’t thank them enough for playing their part in the fight. against cancer. It will be a fantastic event with phenomenal prizes.

“Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and the work of Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of this progress. However, we have only been able to achieve this through the dedication and generosity of volunteers and supporters like the Kingsclere Cancer Research Fundraisers without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.

“One in two people will get cancer in their lifetime. We can all support the research that will beat it. »

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