A PARTY organised by cancer survivor Donna Hannah to raise awareness about the disease proved a sell-out.
Donna has been planning the party since being given the all-clear in March after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The 38-year-old’s hopes of having children were dashed when she underwent a radical hysterectomy to remove her uterus, cervix, ovaries and some pelvic nodes.
But the brave Wearsider was determined to turn her experience into something positive by helping others suffering from the disease.
Just days after leaving hospital after the major surgery, Donna, of Oxclose, set about organising a fund-raising bash for Northern Cancer Care and Research Society, which focuses on gynaecological cancer.
And on Saturday, the party went off with a bang as hundreds of people packed the Stella Maris club, Albany, for an afternoon and evening of fun.
Donna said: “It was absolutely fantastic and the amount of feedback I’ve had from people saying they had a good time has been unbelievable.
“The atmosphere carried through the day and it was so lovely to watch everything come together so well after so much planning.”
In the afternoon, youngsters were kept busy by face-painters, a tombola, games and entertainment, including a performance from dance troupe, the Hip Hop Honeyz.
And in the evening, adults took over the dancefloor and a charity auction, raffle and tombola clawed in the cash.
“I’m not sure how much we raised yet because there’s so much I haven’t had time to count it all,” Donna said.
“I’m excited to find out though as everyone was so generous. They were throwing money into the collection buckets.”
Donna, who suffers from a blood disorder, battled through the pain to make sure the event went smoothly and the next day was admitted to hospital.
“I felt terrible in the morning of the party but I think being kept busy helped push me through,” she said.
“The next day I was taken to hospital because when I get run down, the blood disorder starts but I’m back at home now and have been told to rest.”
Donna would like to thank everyone who helped with the event and gave donations, including Asda warehouse in Washington who donated £200.
It is hoped to make the event an annual fund-raiser.