After bad weather saw a disappointing turnout for last year’s event, Macmillan Cancer Care were back with a bang as they doubled their fundraising at the annual Picnic at the Castle.
Raising a total of £3,500 for the charity,around 300 supporters flocked to the grounds of Castle Rising Castle where they enjoyed an evening of live jazz music on Saturday.
Howard Moore, chairman of the charity’s Lynn committee, said: “Our fourth annual event went extremely well and everyone really enjoyed the music from The Ouse Valley Jazz Band and Angela.
“The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic and after last year’s bad weather, it was splendid to have such a wonderful evening.”
Arriving in force with their picnics, two groups even brought their own candelabras along to add to the festivities.
Howard added: “I’d like to give a huge thanks to Julie and Charlie Curtis for all their hard work in putting on the event. Everyone behaved themselves and had a wonderful time.
“The money raised will remain in Norfolk and will go towards the training of Macmillan nurses.”
The Lynn branch of Macmillan Cancer Care will have a stall at the Sandringham Flower Show at the end of July, where they will be sharing for the first time with representatives of Skin Cancer Care. They will be handing out suncream and giving advice and information.
They are also holding a golf day in October, and tickets have already sold out.
The charity’s fundraising has contributed towards the introduction of a Macmillan doctor who works specifically in the area training doctor’s surgeries to help with earlier diagnosis.
Howard said: “This is one of our biggest problems – people just keeping quiet when they start to notice the signs. They say that silence is cancer’s greatest friend and it is, because if we don’t know, we can’t help.”