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Pride of the Isle

by Ian Homer. Posted to category: General

in aid of Children's Cancer Charity

‘Pride of the Isle’ night raises £23,000 for Cancer charities 

Oh What a Night! Incredible... Humbling... Proud... £23,000!!

After 4 very successful years of holding our ball in a Marquee on the Playing fields at Westwoodside, the increase in demand gave us little choice but to find a new venue, and the Vulcan Hangar near Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport proved to be the perfect setting.

The Charity for any new readers and followers was founded in memory of Isle youngster Alexander Strong who died at the age of seven after battling a rare form of Children’s cancer. We support adults and children with cancer and disabilities, and the awards recognise people who have committed acts of bravery and kindness.

We are a non salaried charity committed to supporting terminally ill adults and children, creating memories or providing aids and/or treatment to improve their lives.

Celebrities joined in to help raise thousands for a cancer charity as one of the last events before XH558 moved out of Hangar 3 earlier this month.

The awards night this year saw in excess of 700 people attending including ACTRESS Sheridan Smith OBE, a Patron of the awards; "I am so proud to be the Patron of the Pride of the Isle Award and to be here at this year's awards. It is a tremendous privilege. This is an absolutely wonderful charity and it's so humbling to be a small part of an organisation that does so much for so many people suffering from life-limiting illnesses. I am so grateful to Leesa, Maxine and the Committee for inviting me to be here at the Annual Awards, and to be able to pay my tribute to the wonderful people of the Isle. We should all be proud of this fantastic charity and all the good work it has done and will do in the future."

Special guest singers were Jay James & Che-Chesterman both X factor Finalist and wad a perfect choice as everyone loved them, The Torn & Gracie Bower continued the entertainment getting everyone on that dance floor.

Big Brother Winner Craig Phillips was compare for the night and posted the following on his social media page; “Pride of The Isle may only in its 4th year but I'm totally blown away by the staggering £22,412 amount raised to help very special families and their children. It really was an absolute honour to compare and be a part of such a wonderful evening and worthy cause.”

The Charity raised £23,000.00 and pledge to put this back into helping local people, Committee member Katy comments ‘fundraising is incredibly difficult for any charity, but this amount will help us so much and we can’t thank our supporters enough. We are always desperate for help if you can offer it in any way, fundraising, sponsorship or even joining our committee – please contact our Chair Leesa Sharpe to find out more.”

In addition, the charity made a donation to Vulcan to the Sky Trust as a proportion of ticket sales from the evening. This amounted to £2,500. Left to right Maxine Strong who is Lex’s Mum, Joanne Bale Treasurer and Leesa Sharpe Chairwoman before handing over the cheque to VTTST. We thank them very much indeed.

The charity hold numerous types of indoor and outdoor events throughout the year which all help to raise those much needed funds, but any extra help is always greatly appreciated. The more we raise, the more we can help. You can follow us by searching Lex’s Legacy Pride of Isle on Facebook, or through our website

XH558's Protection team for the night!

This was one of the last public events held in Hangar 3. We look forward to hosting other functions underneath the aircraft when we are established in a new location.

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