And what a tremendous start to our year it is!

Suddenly after months of planning, consideration and negotiation, the Rotary Club of Bradford West Summer Ball in aid of Cancer Support Yorkshire has arrived.


The venue is the Midland Hotel, Bradford. This splendid former railway hotel is a jewel in Bradford’s Crown and provided a fitting venue for this ‘glittering’ occasion.

The honour and credit for the evening must go to President Allison Coates, not just for her determination to make it happen, but for the personal strength and commitment she showed by simply attending the event so soon after the death of her own father.

Allison’s stated ambition in her lead up to her year in office was to recognise and help Cancer Support Yorkshire, an organisation that had given her support during a past illness and who could deny her that?

Over 200 local people and representatives from 12 Rotary clubs including the RC of Leeds White Rose and the RC of Skipton came together on Saturday 15th July to raise £2,300 for this important local charity. A tremendous amount raised on the evening by very generous people.

I recently visited Linda Enderby and her team at Cancer Support Yorkshire and was immediately struck by the warmth and family feeling in this place, offering such wonderful support to anyone with cancer and to their families too, giving them the promise of comfort, friendship and hope during their illness.

So it is entirely appropriate that we were partying, dancing to Abba Tribute Band and celebrating the start of what promises to be a wonderful year in office for Allison and me. A superb evening that will be remembered for all the right reasons.

Well done Allison, your family will be very proud of you as we all are.

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