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Fundraising Ball 20 May 2023 at The Marriott Hotel, Leeds

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 8th Beyond Cancer Annual Fundraising Ball on Saturday 20 May 2023.  The focus on the evening was the work provided by Marie Curie Cancer Care and the importance of community engagement to raise awareness of their important work, believing everyone should get to lead the best life they can, right to the end.  


With your support, we raised an amazing £6,231.77 at the event.  We donated £3,500.00 to Marie Curie Cancer Care and presented the cheque on Friday 1st September 2023 to Edson Masunda, who was our guest speaker on the night. The remaining funds will go towards continuing the work of Beyond Cancer. 

Once again, we thank you all for your generous support, towards our charity.

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Guest Speaker, Edson Masunda
Community Fundraiser based at the Bradford Hospice, covering Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale and Holmfirth

Edson Masunda is the Volunteer Manager for the region, supporting Marie Curie fundraising groups and individual volunteers.  He is also the Corporate lead, responsible for engaging and developing relationships and partnerships with local business.

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The ‘Beyond Cancer Listening Ear and Hands that Hold Award’ was renamed in memory of Carol Thomas, a loving wife and mother who at the age of only 47, lost her fight against breast cancer in 2013.


The Carol Thomas Listening Ear and Hands that Hold Award is given to an individual who has been identified for the support they have given to others with a cancer diagnosis.  This year we had two recipients; Julie Gilfillan and Alexander Amoako-Adade.  


Julie Gilfillan (seated) was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma and continuously raises awareness of the condition to help others seek early advice from medical professionals.


Alexander Amoako-Adade was diagnosed with prostate cancer and following treatment as part of the process for recovery, has worked tirelessly to talk to others, especially men, about preventative measures to reduce the onset of prostate symptoms.

Performers on the evening

Singer-Songwriter and Rapper, born and bred in Leeds. Has come to find themselves involved in many different music scenes across the city.  They blend their MC skills and melodic vocals to create music that inspires the soul.


AnonyMas is the largest Carnival costumed Band (troupe) in Leeds with 19+ years carnival experience and still growing. An inclusive,    diverse brand, embracing participants (masqueraders) and artists from all backgrounds, encouraging a feel-good family unit.

AnonyMas have been credited with reinventing Carnival costume participation in Leeds.  The team is led by all women trained in art, design, carnival costume design and project management.  AnonyMas take pride in both the artistry and  performance of carnival. With eye popping feathered and embellished costumes, bringing the high energy and excitement to any event and the streets at Leeds West Indian Carnival.


Their flexible and adaptable skill set is transferable across all ages, genders and diverse backgrounds providing informal, corporate, and tailored services. Including community health and wellbeing           soca-cise classes.

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