Cancer Committee targets £18,000 donation

MOSSLEY Cancer Committee has had a superb start to the year as it hopes to hand over an astonishing £18,000.

And more charity bags for people who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Tameside Hospital will be given out.

The group raised £550 at its first coffee morning of 2019 at Mossley Band Club on Argyle Street, an event which members say was ‘packed out.’

However, there is no resting on laurels as already more events are in the calendar, including another coffee morning at the Band Club on March 16 from 10.30am-12.30pm.

And the irrepressible Dorothy Dawson, one of the driving forces behind the committee for an astonishing 48 years, will spend her birthday on March 29 brewing up for the good cause at her home on Moorgate Drive, Carrbrook.

Not bad considering she will turn 97-years-old!

“The coffee morning was amazing,” said Mossley Cancer Committee member Valerie Lee. “And the other amazing thing is that everyone who goes gets it.

“And not only does it raise much needed money, it gives people a bit of a focus.”

Mossley Cancer Committee raises funds for several organisations including MacMillan at Tameside Hospital, Willow Wood Hospice, Christies, Cancer Research and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Reuben’s Retreat, Prevent Breast Cancer, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Marie Curie and the Cecilia Unit at Manchester’s Wythenshawe Hospital also received money from the group.

They also prepare charity bags for people who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Tameside Hospital.

In them, there are things to make a chemotherapy patient’s stay in hospital more comforting, with things like toiletries and other sanitary products in them.

“We’ve given about 200 over the last 12 months,” Valerie added. “They’re full of things you want if you’re having chemotherapy.

“The main thing is a warm pair of socks as your feet are always freezing if you’re having chemo, along with hand sanitiser, hand cream

“There’s also a puzzle book, a note book and a pen as when you’re in hospital having treatment, one of the main things could be to keep your mind occupied.

“You may want to do a puzzle or write something down, so hopefully the bags we do can help with that.”

Mossley Cancer Committee will hold another coffee morning at the Band Club on April 6 and one of its main events, a coffee day at Stamford Golf Club on Huddersfield Road in Carrbrook on April 24 from 10.30am until 1.30pm.

It is not just coffee mornings that the Cancer Committee puts on. Members also take day trips out.

The next one sees a coach party head to Oswaldtwistle Mill in Lancashire on March 4, with the bus departing from Mossley’s market ground at about 9.30am.

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