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Fundraising events help people going through chemotherapy treatment

After months of fundraising events, the final cheque was handed over to Dr Sinqhal and Gill Elgey who were representing the Chemotherapy Special Purpose fund based at Reiver House at the Cumberland Infirmary.

Family and friends of Chrissy Lowis have been working hard to organise and complete three charity events to raise funds to help people going through chemotherapy treatment.

The money will be used by the fund to purchase equipment to make the treatment process a little easier, for example an ice machine and tropic beauty products. The little things that aren’t covered by the NHS but make all the difference.

Chrissy was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2019 and since then the support has been amazing. Jane Bentley, her sister, organised a fun filled pot luck bingo night with lots of fabulous prizes kindly donated by local companies. The night had a fabulous turnout and what was supposed to be Jane, John and Chrissy’s brother, getting their head shaved, turned into five people all together, raising even more money.

There was a lot of money raised by Barry Sowerby who arranged a coin bottle toss game and the night was finished off with a brilliant DJ, Rusty Lomas with karaoke and dancing. The amount raised from this event was £2,320.

Chrissy’s best friend Angela Head organised her own head shave event at her place of work, Morrison’s, where everyone watched whilst she braved the shave. Thank you to all who sponsored Angela and who gave generously to the donation buckets, the amount raised from this event was £704.

The final event was a very well organised 100 mile bike ride. Chrissy’s other sister, Karen Peet along with her husband, Simon set the route and planned their motor home to follow on, with Chrissy in for support and to supply hot drinks and food along the way. It was completed in under 8 hours and everyone was so proud to complete it. The people who took part in this were John Lowis, Barry Sowerby, Martin Bell, Callum Sowerby, John Mounsey, Karen Mounsey, Sian Kirby, Jack Peet, Karen Peet, Mandy Renvoice, Shirley Jones, and Ian Cassely. The amount raised from this event was £4,439.

The family also felt it was right to donate a share of the donations from the head of the family’s funeral John Totty Lowis as they had sadly lost him in April 2019 and knew he thought a lot about what his daughter was going through. He would have been proud and happy to help anyone going through cancer treatments.

Over all the amazing total is £7,463 and we had a great day handing the money over and planning further charity raising events.

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