High tea for Bev

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A HUGE fund-raising drive will take a big step forward this week with a midnight charity walk and a vintage tea party.

Jonathan Fisher is helping organise the walk on Saturday March 5 for his sister Bev Dransfield, who is receiving life-saving treatment for breast cancer in the USA, while this Sunday afternoon there will be a tea party at Gomersal Public Hall

More than £12,000 has already been raised for 42-year-old Bev, and she is hoping family and friends can raise enough cash to allow her to complete the treatment, which costs £5,000 a week. The walk takes place around her home village of Gomersal. More than 120 people have already signed up to take part but there is room for more.

Jonathan said: “Bev is still doing very well, her tumour marker went up slightly but is now back down again. The hardest part is missing her two boys like mad.”

Twelve-year-old George and Charlie, 10, are being looked after by their dad, Lee, and the three of them flew out to see her this week.

Jonathan said: “The aim is to raise £10,000 as funds are dwindling fast. That is an awful lot of money for a little village to raise.”

Anyone wanting to take part should contact Jonathan on 0113 255 4100 or 07984 342581. The walkers will meet at the West End pub at 11pm.

The tea party is hosted by Bev’s schoolfriend Jane Hillam-Bottomley who says the whole community is united in helping Bev.

“Vintage tea parties are very trendy and we’re aiming for something like high tea at the Ritz, served on authentic china with 1950s music playing in the background,” she said.

Tickets for the tea party are £7.50 and a race night at Dewsbury Rugby Club is planned for March 12.