A FUNDRAISING event is being held this weekend to raise funds for cancer charities which have supported two families.

The Hyde Park pub, in Mill Street, Norton, is hosting the event for Yorkshire Cancer Research and Candlelighters.

Landlady Sue Rice said: “We have chosen these two charities because they have supported so many people.

“My mum died earlier this year from bowel cancer, which unfortunately took her life eight weeks after being diagnosed.”

As part of the event Sue’s daughter Rebecca will be having her long hair shaved off.

Sue added: “Mum knew about this charity event and really wanted to watch Rebecca have her head shaved, even though she thought she was silly having it done. But Rebecca really wanted to help find a cure, which unfortunately wasn’t to be.”

The weekend is also raising funds for Candlelighters, which supported Michelle and Darren Kendrew, from Norton, who lost their three-year-old son Harvey to cancer in 2004.

Darren said: “Harvey had a tumour in his head which spread to different parts of his body and we sadly lost him when he was just three.

“During our time in hospital Candlelighters was a great support to our family.

“We know Sue well and when she suggested doing the fundraising event we thought it would be a good idea to get involved as Harvey would have been 18 this year.

“We have done other fundraising events over the years and felt this was a way of marking Harvey’s 18th birthday, as well as supporting two important charities.”

The fundraising weekend starts on Friday, at 7pm, with a race night, raffle, Mr & Mrs memory balloon race. There will also be darts and pool knock-out competitions.

On Saturday there will be a bouncy castle and different stalls, including face painting, tombola and raffle, followed by a Buddy Holly tribute act in the evening.

For more information, go to the Hyde Park’s Facebook page.