Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Follow the Bear to a Charity Extravaganza; Black-Tie Event for Favourite Northern Cancer Organization

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Follow the Bear to a Charity Extravaganza; Black-Tie Event for Favourite Northern Cancer Organization

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Byline: Sam Wood

ONE of the region's best-loved charities, which has long been supported by The Journal, is inviting people to a champagne ball to raise funds to support cancer sufferers and their families in the region.

Charlie Bear for Cancer Care is aiming to raise pounds 90,000 for its 30/60 appeal. The appeal celebrates 30 years of the charity in the same year that the NHS celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The funds will be used to purchase radiotherapy equipment for the new Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Guests are invited to a black-tie event on Saturday, October 18, at the Gosforth Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, Newcastle. The evening will showcase some of the North East's premium entertainers including live music by Music Means Life Winner Karen Harding.

Karen, who has been singing to family and friends since she was eight, beat thousands of hopefuls to win the competition, wowing the judges with her amazing voice.

She said: "I am looking forward to performing at the Charlie Bear Champagne Ball - it's fantastic to be able to play a part in helping Charlie Bear provide support to people throughout the North East who suffer from cancer."

The Charlie Bear charity was set up in 1978 by Morpeth housewife Daisy Clark, who sold homemade teddy bears to raise pounds 1m to buy the region's first whole body scanner assisting cancer diagnosis.

The Journal got behind the appeal, encouraging readers to hold their own charity events. Within years, the Charlie Bear appeal reached its target, despite the death of Daisy's husband Charles from a heart attack.

And in spite of her own fight with cancer, the charity queen would work through the night to put together the bears.

She kept her killer disease a secret for eight years. In 1979, she said: "I didn't want to hear it said I was dying of cancer. …

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