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Issue 326 – Mad Hatters raise £4,000 for Positive Action on Cancer

A Mad Hatters Ball where more than 300 people donned dinner jackets, evening dresses and crazy headgear, raised a staggering £18,000, including a £4,000 donation to Positive Action on Cancer.

The Ball, held at the White Horse Country Park, in Westbury was a benefit for 45 year old Jools Smith, a farmer who was diagnosed with incurable malignant melanoma last December, with donations to PAC and Salisbury Hospice.
His wife Jenny, who has been having counselling at Positive Action on Cancer throughout that time said, “When Jools was told that he had between six months and a year to live his friends were desperate to do something and came up with the idea of the ball.
“Both Jools and I have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity. I was determined that some of the proceeds should go to PAC. I can’t describe how extraordinarily helpful the counselling has been throughout Jools’ illness. I come along to PAC every week and I can get out all my frustrations, my fears and my tears – I come away cleansed and able to cope. It has kept me sane and meant that I have the energy to be there for Jools and to be his carer.”
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Pictured left, Anne Montague, clinical manager at PAC and right, Jenny Smith.