Friends Jackie Holmes, of Natland, and Liz Nelson, of Milnthorpe, ensured a prosperous start to the New Year for Rosemere Cancer Foundation by handing over a cheque for £20,300 to the charity – proceeds from a ball they organised as a fundraiser for it in the autumn.
Their event, held at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, was a sell-out and included among its guests local MP Tim Farron.
The duo had previously raised £3,500 for Rosemere through a coffee morning held at Milnthorpe’s No.17 Restaurant, where Liz used to work, having taken the charity to heart for good reason. In 2015, Jackie was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to travel to the region’s specialist cancer centre, the Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, for some of her treatment. It was there she learnt of the foundation’s work and received its support.
Also in 2015, Liz’s niece Maria Inman, who was aged 21 at the time, was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma (soft tissue tumour), a rare form of cancer. Maria had been travelling round Australia and New Zealand for two years before taking up a university place but had to return home for treatment. Maria received treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre as well as at the Royal Liverpool and Clatterbridge Hospitals.
Thankfully, both Jackie and Maria are now in remission. Liz said: “We think Rosemere Cancer Foundation does some fantastic work to help make the lives of local cancer patients more comfortable. Both the coffee morning and ball were great successes with everyone remarking on what a good time they had had. We would like to thank everyone who came and who gave so generously, including all the local businesses and individuals who donated raffle and auction prizes.
“Both Jackie and Maria have been so positive throughout their treatment and are an inspiration to us all.”
Liz and Jackie are helping Rosemere Cancer Foundation raise more funds later this year by supporting the charity’s efforts to stage a boogie night to feature live bands to appeal to every age group on Saturday, June 3rd, as part of Westmorland County Agricultural Society’s Country Fest at the county showground in Crooklands.
Over the last year, Rosemere Cancer Foundation has invested £142,428 in projects to benefit local cancer patients being treated at hospitals in Kendal, Lancaster and Barrow. They include the refurbishment of a prosthesis fitting room at Westmorland General to create a more sympathetic and comfortable environment for breast cancer patients, a quiet room and information hub at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and an end of life suite at Furness General Hospital.
In addition, it has funded complementary health therapy sessions for all newly diagnosed patients to help counteract treatment side-effects, promote well-being and build confidence. To find out more about its work and how it spends the donations it receives, visit its website at www.rosemere.org.uk