Crowds flock to charity fun day

Hundreds of people enjoyed the Party in the Paddock event in Linton, which raised more than �8,000 for two cancer charities.
Hundreds of people enjoyed the Party in the Paddock event in Linton, which raised more than �8,000 for two cancer charities.

AN annual charity event in Linton once again drew a big crowd.

Two couples who have been affected by cancer decided to organise a Party in the Paddock to raise money for North of England Children’s Cancer Research and Liver Cancer Research.

John Wark, who had a tumour removed from the base of his spine in 2009, and wife Helen, along with Tony and Glenda Vescio, who lost their daughter Stephanie in 2003 when she was just 17, put on a live music event.

Mrs Wark’s brother and his wife, Alan and Dianne Sankey, kindly let them use their paddock.

After the first event proved to be popular it was decided to hold it again and this year was the fourth to take place.

It was another success as more than 500 people attended.

Other activities on the day included a raffle, tombola, face painting and a tug-of-war.

An impressive £8,332 was raised for the two charities, bringing the grand total to £34,653.

Organisers thanked all those who helped out before, during and after the event, Michael Burton of Family Affair, who arranged local bands to play, and the residents and businesses who made donations.