THE Pink Wig ladies of Falmouth left a reception at the House of Lords celebrating the news they had just won a national award for their Pink Wig Parade and party night.

The event, held in August, was named as the best UK event by the Breast Cancer Campaign and only missed out on winning the top fundraising award because the committee, wanting to keep some of the money in the county, donated half its proceeds to the Cornwall Breast Care Team.

The winners were the Isle of Wight’s paint the island pink team who had raised £15,000, but last year’s Pink Wig Events raised £20,000.

Attending the reception, and collecting the award, were Emma Kent, Michelle Bray, Sally Hicks-Wood, Kathryn Stivey, Katherine Clark and Sue Morant. Unfortunately, Jay Wicks and Naomi Morant had been unable to go.

Pink Wig Events are taking a rest this year and the ladies have just announced that last year’s fundraisers were founder and chairman, Sally Hicks-Wood’s last.

Sally, who has recently undergone major surgery and is due to have further surgery, said: “It has been such a tough year in so many ways, and now feels like the right time, for me personally, to draw a line under it all.

It is also a challenging time for some of our fundraising committee with various family commitments which naturally have to take priority. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Pink Wig Committee for their hard work and dedication as it takes a good solid team to arrange these events and a lot of unpaid hours on top of their jobs and family life and without their commitment none of it would have been possible.”

The fundraising team will be back in 2015, but would like thank everyone who has supported them so far, some from the very first event in 2009, and helped raise £40,000 which has been shared between Cornwall Breast Care Team and Breast Cancer Campaign.