Oh what a night #clatterbridge #cancer

Last week we held an evening of entertainment to raise money for Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and what a night it was. My uncle Kev came up with the idea of the night and arranged the venue and entertainment. After weeks of working with lots of local businesses we secured lots of prizes for the evening. Kev wanted to raise £1000 but we surpassed that with the final figure being £3250.

I’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the night a success, from volunteers to the entertainers and donors. Also a big shout out to everyone who donated by either attending the evening or sending a donation. The biggest thanks has to go to Kev as without him, this wouldn’t have happened and we wouldn’t be donating this amazing amount to such a worthwhile cause.

You are all wonderful.

I’m a page three girl @sarcoma_uk #sarcoma

Now, I don’t often do more than one post in one day but today I’ve made an exception..’

I heard I was in the hard copy of the Liverpool Echo. We eagerly went to the shop to purchase a copy and was shocked – I’m on the front page! Not only that, my full story is on page three. 

I’m a page three girl – now that’s a line I never thought I’d write!


Today is World Cancer Day and we participated by supporting the wonderful Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. We have been at the home of Everton Football Club raising awareness and money for the new cancer hospital. We had a fab day and thanks to my wonderful family and friends who volunteered.


Here’s a picture showing me three years ago (mid chemo) and today. Lucky enough to be here on world cancer day 2017 😍

Taking control #Macmillan #sarcoma #cancer #cancervoices

I am a Cancer Voice.

Cancer voices is a network of people, hosted by Macmillan, who all have one thing in common. All people in the network have been or are affected by cancer.

I have helped in various ways and wanted to share my Cancer Voice experience this week.

Helping People Take Control (HPTC)

I was lucky enough to visit the Macmillan HQ (which is next to MI6!!!) yesterday to take part in the all day session. HPTC is one of Macmillans sub strategies. They have six in total and are running sessions like this to gain insight and produce plans to ensure that the strands are included into the 2015 main strategy. We were separated into four tables with approx five people on each for discussions where we had to think about and share our stories on the following themes:

  1. Diagnosis
  2. Treatment
  3. Survivorship
  4. End of life

There were people in the room who fell into each category. I put myself in category 3 although I reworded it to ‘Survivorship/Post treatment’.

I was on a table with two other ladies who were patients. One had a rare Cancer too so for once I didn’t feel like the spare part. We held frank discussions around each of the stages and talked about what our lives were like throughout each one. I created a visual timeline to talk through and it certainly brought back lots of memories of everything I have been through.

We also held discussions around Supported Self Management and what we feel someone on a Cancer journey would need. Throughout ALL sessions, these common themes came to light:

It’s so important that people have the right support network from family/friends and professionals. Cancer is a life changing experience. Not only for those with the illness, but for those who live it with you. The husbands, the wives, the mums & dads, the brothers & sisters, the kids, the families, carers, neighbours & friends. It changes us all, in different ways. Some people get through it and some people part ways – this doesn’t mean you’ve failed but that it wasn’t meant to be. With the help and support of charities such as Macmillan, people don’t have to face cancer alone. 

Keeping things normal!!! Yes, people like normality. We don’t care if you think it’s boring….any conversation is better than talking about appointments, cannulas, chemo, sickness, fatig….zzzzzz sorry fell asleep there!

A good employer is essential. It’s hard enough fighting for your life, chuck fighting for your job into the mix and it can be soul destroying. Macmillan run training sessions to help Employers and line managers. Click here to view the options.

I am so pleased that I was selected to take part in the day and I know I’ve contributed to an extremely important part of Macmillans focuses for the year. Plus, I had a cracking view!

Click here to find out more or become a Cancer voice.

Giving something back… #Clatterbridge #Sarcoma

Afternoon all,
Now I can’t run a marathon or anything like that,  but I want to help Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and Sarcoma UK in ways that I can.  So…I’ve spent this morning at Liverpool Lime Street underground collecting donations for Clatterbridge.  The lovely Vicki and Claire came along to help – Thanks so much to you both,  and to everyone who kindly donated this morning!