WI's £1,500 gift to CancerCare

CancerCare received a wonderful Christmas present in the form of a cheque for £1,500 from the Bolton-le-Sands WI this week.

The donation is made up of £1,000 resulting from their fundraising efforts and the ladies also raised more than £500 by selling CancerCare Christmas cards as, due to the pandemic, many of the 96 members haven’t been able to get out and shop for them as usual.

In January, member Brenda Wood put us forward as their Charity of the Year and CancerCare was chosen unanimously as a number of the members had used our services in the past.

Brenda herself received therapy in 2019 when she had aromatherapy massage treatment following a lumpectomy.

Brenda said: “It really helped. I had some scar tissue which was causing me some problems and I was also very busy at home at the time, so I used to really value it as an hour in the week that was just for me. A lot of the time you don’t want to talk about things with family as you don’t want to burden or worry them, so the services CancerCare provides are wonderful and of great benefit.”

The WI is usually very active and organises monthly coffee mornings and a number of interest groups who meet to enjoy things such as wildlife, crafts and walking. The members have also been looking out for each other during lockdown and staying in touch via Zoom or the telephone.

A lovely gift which will go to helping many more people affected by cancer or bereavement this Christmas. 93% of the money we need to operate as a charity comes from public donations so it was very welcome indeed.

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