By Betsy Everett
Pets shows, pictures and the Three Peaks make the diverse mix of events that are bringing calendar girl Tippy Watson of Askrigg closer and closer to her £50,000 fundraising target for Breast Cancer Care.
Already Tippy, tireless in her efforts for the charity that has helped her on her own, very personal, cancer journey which started 18 months ago and is still not complete, has raised more than £42,000.
And this week she pays tribute to the people of Askrigg and surrounding area who have helped in her efforts.
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“I want to thank everyone in this amazing village that we live in for being so incredibly supportive of me. I feel truly blessed. The fundraising idea for Breast Cancer Care was my way of turning a bad situation into a good one, and the support from the local community has been truly overwhelming. With so many events still to happen and more planned, I am now starting to feel like it is achievable, and I genuinely thank you all,” said Tippy.
Her first major effort was a Dales calendar for which she photographed scenes and events throughout the area within three months of being diagnosed and starting treatment.
Since then, despite undergoing chemo and other medical treatments, she has organised a comedy night in Hawes, a soul night at Tennants in Leyburn, and a Royal wedding brunch, to name just three.
Forthcoming fun events include a charity race night at the Kings Arms in Askrigg, on Bank Holiday Monday, with bangers, burgers and beer available, starting at 7pm. Bainbridge Vets (in Askrigg) are hosting an open day and charity pet show from 11am-2.30pm, on Saturday, September 1, with canine antics, a guided tour of the facilities, tombola and a cake stall. Also on September 1, the first-ever Askrigg Art Expo auction at the White Rose Hotel from 8pm. Professional artists Piers Browne, Judith Bromley, Robert Nicholls, Janet Rawlins and Denise Burdon, as well as school children and amateur adult artists, have all completed canvases depicting their personal view of Yorkshire.
Tippy asks that all art work should be handed in by Monday August 27. They can all be seen on her Facebook page @Dales Events, and Twitter @Dales Anita, where advance bids for the pictures can be placed. They will also be displayed in the village prior to the auction at a venue to be decided. Original plans to show them on the outside wall of the village hall have had to be abandoned because of the poor weather forecast.
On Sunday, September 9, The Raydale Round 10k walk or run around Semerwater from 11am will take place. Participants can sign up at www.raydaleround.org and there will be live music, food and drink. Sarah Gay and colleagues at Bainbridge Vets are doing a series of challenges and you can donate to their page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sarah-Gay1
Meanwhile Gemma Anderson, Heather Hodgson and Helen Dalton, all of Askrigg, are running the Three Peaks in three weeks, no matter what the weather. To support them see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/3p3w. Karen Jones, Chris Fogg and David Liddell raised a staggering £1040 for Breast Cancer Care with their walk last month. You can donate at at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chrisfogg