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Tickets for this summer’s Gene Machine Charity dinner are proving to be incredibly popular with only a few tables remaining.

This year’s celebrity speaker is Manchester lawyer Nick Freeman, who last week scored massive press coverage for successfully defending England cricketer Andrew Flintoff over an alleged speeding offence.

Taking place on Thursday, June 5, at the City of Manchester Stadium, the charity is hoping to raise in excess of £30,000 to help fund a research scientist for Professor Yin’s Haematology Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The Gene Machine Charity was formed in October 2002 by Bury businesswoman Hilary Craft, who suffers from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), and has previously combated breast cancer.

So far she has raised in excess of £300,000 which has helped purchase much-needed equipment to help battle the life threatening disease.

Hillary said: “The recent publicity Nick got with the Andrew Flintoff case has seen a sudden surge in ticket sales. With only a few tables remaining we are hopeful of it being a sell-out.”

Tickets for the event are priced at £750 for a table of 10, and are available from Hilary Craft or Ann Ablett at The Gene Machine Charity, on 0845 450 2220.