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Norfolk cancer charity in massive women's clothes sale

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:34 02 July 2010

Founder members of Lilac, ladies in league against cancer, Gaye Youngman, front, and Theresa Cossey, with a few of the clothes donated to them to raise money for Big C.

Founder members of Lilac, ladies in league against cancer, Gaye Youngman, front, and Theresa Cossey, with a few of the clothes donated to them to raise money for Big C.

Kim Briscoe

A Norfolk cancer charity is to hold a ladies' clothes sale after it was donated £50,000 of new clothes.

A Norfolk cancer charity is to hold a ladies' clothes sale after it was donated £50,000 of new clothes.

The clothes have been donated to the Ladies in League Against Cancer (Lilac), a fundraising group set up to support the Big C.

Its members, who are from all over the county, hold lunches and outings to raise money for the Norfolk and Waveney cancer charity.

Organiser Theresa Cossey, from Little Plumstead, said one of the members of Lilac used to hold clothes parties and knew a wholesaler.

He was closing his business and in the end decided to donate what stock there was left to a cancer charity.

Mrs Cossey said: “We were absolutely amazed when we found out.

“It is £50,000 worth of brand new clothing.

“There really is some very nice stuff, from evening jackets to trousers and skirts.

“You name it, it is all there and we are talking about really nice outfits with some worth more than £200. The range of clothes will be on sale from £1 for some nice summer tops right up to £40 for the really expensive evening outfit.”

The clothes are from size eight to 22.

The sale will be held from Tuesday, April 13, to Thursday, April 15, in a marquee at Weston Park golf club.

The sale on Tuesday will for ticket holders only and will include a lunch, with tickets on sale for £17.50.

It will be open to the general public between 10am and 8pm on Wednesday and from 10am to 3pm on Thursday.

Sharon Hulbert, of the Big C, said: “When people give us good quality items of clothing, or anything else, it can make such a difference and can generate a good deal of income.

“When we make more money, it means we can spend it on local people affected by cancer and that's what it is all about.”

Tickets for the lunch and opening day of the sale, on April 13, can be bought for £17.50 by sending a cheque made payable to the Big C and stamped and addressed envelope to Theresa Cossey, 73 Blofield Corner Road, Little Plumstead, Norwich NR13 5HU or by calling 01603 720980.

Tickets are also available by sending a cheque and stamped and addressed envelope to Gay Youngman, Green Farm Cottage, Burlingham Green, Blofield, Norwich, or by calling 01603 270123.

Do you have a story for the Evening News? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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