Harpenden rugby club ladies lunch raises money for breast cancer charity
PUBLISHED: 16:16 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 29 October 2018
A Harpenden rugby club held a 'ladies lunch' with players' female family members and raised thousands of pounds for Breast Cancer Care.
The Big Pink Ladies Lunch was held on Saturday, October 20 by Harpenden Rugby Football Club and organised by Suzanne Francey, who is married to the club’s chairman, and Beverley Peck.
Together the wives, girlfriends, partners and parents of the minis, junior and senior players raised £4,000 for the charity to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The club has always held a three-course ladies lunch, but in the last two years the number of people attending has tripled with nearly 100 people attending. The players also supported the cause by wearing a customised pink kit for the whole month, and £5 from every ticket sold was donated to the charity.
Money was raised at the lunch through a raffle and try-scoring competition, which raised more than £1,000, an auction which raised £2,000 and by selling bottles of prosecco alongside charity boxes at the bar.
Suzanne said: “Everyone had a wonderful time at the Big Pink Ladies Lunch, around 100 people joined us.
“We’d like to thank our club sponsors, members and local businesses who donated raffle and auction prizes, helped out in setting up the lunch and selling seats and we are truly grateful to all those who supported us and donated to Breast Cancer Care, it means so much.”
Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of Breast Cancer Care, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone for holding a Big Pink party in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
“All the money raised will enable us to continue to provide vital support to the 62,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every year.”