24-hour karaoke raises thousands to fight cancer

Fundraisers at the Welcome Inn presenting a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Research
Fundraisers at the Welcome Inn presenting a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Research

AN OVERWHELMING charitable effort by staff and customers at a Skegness pub has raised a staggering £4258 to help fight cancer.

The Welcome Inn’s fourth annual 24-hour sponsored karaoke and five-a-side football tournament raised the phenomenal figure over the May Day bank holiday weekend.

Pub landlady Clare Chrysostomou recently handed over the final amount to a representative from Macmillan Cancer Support at a special presentation evening held at the pub.

Clare said: “This was an overwhelming effort from so many people and I really wasn’t expecting nearly as much money to have been raised.

“Everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment so to raise this figure really is amazing and I just want to thank all of the people who helped out.”

Clare also presented commemorative mugs to a number of customers and staff who had played an especially important role in the event as a token of her gratitude.

She has been arranging fund raisers for Macmillan Cancer support ever since her mother Shirley Croft died from the disease several years ago.

The five-a-side football competition has been named the Shirley Croft Memorial Trophy in memory of Clare’s mother.

Other fund raisers held throughout the weekend included a bike-a-thon, hair waxing and ‘memory balloons’ which people were invited to buy and fill with a special message to a loved one, to be let off at the event’s grand finale.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s fund raising co-ordinater for Lincolnshire thanked Clare and the event’s supporters for their hard work and generosity.

She explained that one in three people will suffer with cancer in their lifetime, which made the need for quality care and support provision all the more essential.

Thanks to the charitable efforts of Skegness people, she was able to announce that a specialist care centre could soon open in the town to spare sufferers the inconvenience of travelling to receive their treatment.