Artist gets to see how fundraising cash will be spent at cancer lab

An artist who auctioned her life’s work for charity got to see first hand where the money would be put to use at the Leeds Cancer Research UK Centre.

Artist Shirley Ross with researcher Dr Tim Palmer in the Leeds Cancer Research UK Centre at St James's Hospital. Picture: Tony Johnson

Dewsbury textile artist Shirley Ross organised the auction of 250 pieces of art by professional artists in May, after battling breast cancer herself three years ago.
The sale, Art for Life, raised £11,000, which will fund research at the St James Hospital-based research centre.

Yesterday she got to see in person how the money would help fund ground-breaking research at the centre,

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Chloé Williams, Cancer Research UK Local Fundraising Manager, said: “We have the technology and the knowledge to conquer cancer; we just need the funds to turn it into real-life treatments. The Art For Life event has been a great opportunity for local people and businesses alike to show their support to Cancer Research UK while purchasing a beautiful piece of art. £11,000 is a phenomenal amount to have been raised and here at Cancer Research UK we are bowled over by their fantastic achievements and incredibly grateful.”

In total, 35 artists, including Trevor Pittaway, Alan Hood and Keith Mountain, donated to the sale, which was held at Huddersfield’s North Light Gallery

Another sale is already in the planning stages.