Dancing the night away to benefit cancer charity in memory of mum

Joanne Gillespie, Lee Gillespie, Saf Bungawala, Lily Jenkinson, Jason Jenkinson. Lee will be running the London Marathon for  CLIC Sargent
Joanne Gillespie, Lee Gillespie, Saf Bungawala, Lily Jenkinson, Jason Jenkinson. Lee will be running the London Marathon for CLIC Sargent
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Revellers danced through the decades for a special charity event.

Preston dad Lee Gillespie organised the musical evening for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent

Nearly 200 guests were invited to party the night away at the Preston Marriott Hotel in Broughton for the music event in association with City Beat 103.2 and Barclays Bank

Organisers said the night was a ‘huge success’ raising more than £6,000 for CLIC Sargent, who support children and young people affected by cancer.

Lee will also pound the pavements later this month in the London Marathon in support of the charity

The dad-of-three lost his own mother to cancer when he was just 13.

Saf Bungawala, Lily Jenkinson and  Joanne Gillespie at the Dancing through the decades event at the Preston Marriott Hotel

Saf Bungawala, Lily Jenkinson and Joanne Gillespie at the Dancing through the decades event at the Preston Marriott Hotel

Work colleague Lily Jenkinson, who helped with the event, said: “Losing his own mum to cancer at just age 13 Lee really understands the impact that cancer has on a family.

“Having three children himself he just can’t comprehend what families must go through when their child has been diagnosed with this awful disease.

“Therefore, if families 
can find the strength to deal with this then he can certainly train and run a marathon.”

Barclays Bank match funded the event, the total donated was £6,036.

Fundraisers came together at the Preston Marriott Hotel to support Lee Gillespie's charity event in aid of  CLIC Sargent

Fundraisers came together at the Preston Marriott Hotel to support Lee Gillespie's charity event in aid of CLIC Sargent

As well as the dancing there was a charity auction on the evening with a host of prizes from signed sports memorabilia, executive seating football taickets, to designer jewellery, a dinner, bed and breakfast hotel stay, beauty prizes. golf and photography packages and a gym membership.

SJ Enterprise donated the LED dancefloor for the evening, InStyle venues dressed the room and Picture This photo booth also came along on the night to add even more fun to the occasion.

Fundraisers came together at the Preston Marriott Hotel to support Lee Gillespie's charity event in aid of  CLIC Sargent

Fundraisers came together at the Preston Marriott Hotel to support Lee Gillespie's charity event in aid of CLIC Sargent