Harrogate’s Stray Bonfire expected to raise thousands for charity

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and District Round Table is expecting to raise thousands of pounds for its three chosen charities – Yorkshire Cancer Research, The Rainbow Fund and Our Angels – at this year’s bonfire.

Harrogate District Round Table is delighted to present their 45th Annual Bonfire and Firework display on Oatland’s Stray. As in previous years there will be a warm family feel where everyone can watch the display in safety.

The Harrogate bonfire and fireworks display is one of the few events of its kind across the county that does not charge an entry on the gate. Instead, the organisers look to the generosity of the good people of Harrogate and the surrounding areas to dig deep and donate as much as they can on the night to support the selected charities.

This year will mark the ’s 45th anniversary, and to celebrate, Harrogate and District Round Table has chosen three charities to benefit from a collection held on the night – Yorkshire Cancer Research, The Rainbow Fund and Our Angels.

Organisers of Harrogate’s popular Stray bonfire are expecting to raise thousands of pounds for charity at this Saturday’s event.

Thousands of people attend the bonfire every year to enjoy the spectacular annual fireworks display, burgers, hot dogs and parkin provided by Harrogate and District Scouts and a huge bonfire.


Organiser Joshua Lawson from Harrogate Round Table announces this year’s charities:

We are delighted to be raising funds this year for Yorkshire Cancer Research, Our Angels and Rainbow Fund.

Yorkshire Cancer Research which I’m sure you are aware for last 90 years, have been generating support and investing the donations they receive in the fight against cancer.

Our Angels fundraise to provide support and help bereaved families through the loss of their baby.

The Rainbow Fund is a new charity launched in February this year which has recently been supporting the special baby care unit at Harrogate Hospital to provide lifesaving medical equipment.

All causes are extremely worthwhile and we hope that the people of Harrogate will give generously to the official bucket shakers on the night.


The forecast for this Saturday 5 November 2016 looks good. Timings for the event remain the same as last year – lighting of the bonfire at 6.30pm and fireworks from approximately 7.15pm.

A collection will be held on the night or people can text YORKSHIRE to 70007 to donate £3 to Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is based at Grove Park Court in Harrogate.



Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:

We’re extremely excited to have been chosen as one of this year’s charities. The event raised more than £11,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research in 2011, and we’re hoping everyone will give generously once again.

Cancer outcomes in Yorkshire are below the national average, and the money raised will go towards patient-focused research and community health initiatives that will result in lower incidence rates and higher survival rates in every part of our region.


About Yorkshire Cancer Research

Yorkshire Cancer Research was formed in 1925 and has since invested millions of pounds in research projects at universities and hospitals throughout the region.

The Harrogate-based charity has historically funded traditional laboratory research that has made a huge contribution to global knowledge of the disease.

Its achievements include funding the early development of cancer drug Tamoxifen in , which is now being used to treat and prevent breast and ovarian cancer across the world, and supporting research that has led to huge improvements in bowel cancer surgery.

More recently, Yorkshire Cancer Research has announced a new strategy, which aims to ensure its funds have a real impact on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region.


Why does Yorkshire need its own cancer research charity?

There is strong evidence to suggest that patients are more likely to survive cancer if they are treated at research-active hospitals.

Yorkshire has higher cancer incidence and mortality rates than the national average.

Survival rates for some of the most common cancers are below the national average.

There are significant differences in incidence, mortality and survival rates throughout the region.

Participation in the three national screening programmes for bowel, breast and cervical cancer also varies considerably across the county.

But Yorkshire has historically not received sufficient funding to address the specific problems that exist in the region.

The number of people in Yorkshire living with or beyond cancer is set to rise from 172,000 to 300,000 people by 2030.

Action will be needed to slow the growth of cancer incidence, and improvement in areas such as screening participation, early diagnosis and survival rates will be vital in coping with the rising number of cases.

If Yorkshire matched the best performing local authority in England, 2,000 more people would survive cancer every year. Yorkshire Cancer Research has committed to raising £100m over the next 10 years to achieve this.


Saving Yorkshire Lives

In January 2017, the charity will announce a £6.5m investment in two key areas:

Lung cancer – This is the most common cancer in Yorkshire.

Early diagnosis – This is key to improving survival rates. When cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, treatment options and chances of full recovery are greater.

The investment follows expert workshops held in January to help determine the charity’s funding priorities for 2016. The workshops were attended by more than 100 influential and experienced leaders in lung cancer and early diagnosis.

The charity will also launch a community health project next year, to raise awareness of signs and symptoms, increase participation in national screening programmes and sign-post people to the best services and support.

The programme will also aim to tackle lifestyle-related risk factors for cancer, such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and alcohol use. Lifestyle factors in Yorkshire are higher than the national average.


How you can help

A collection will be held at the bonfire, and those attending are urged to donate generously to the Round Table’s three chosen charities. You can also text YORKSHIRE to 70007 to donate £3 to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

If you’re interested in getting more involved in helping the charity, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire

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