Wirral KFA raise £2,400 for Macmillan cancer research

Wirral KFA raise £2,400 for Macmillan cancer research
Article Date  : 21st January 2018
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  • A group of ladies from the Wirral have teamed their love of exercise with their enthusiasm for fundraising and have raised £2400 for Macmillan Cancer Research.

    Carole Williams who is the secretary of Wirral Keep Fit Association was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and in her words, it was a ‘no brainer’ when it came to the committee choosing their charity of the year for 2017.

    Carole said: “Unfortunately I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in April 2016 but my extended family – the committee – hit the ground running & were exceptionally supportive throughout my treatments. I was allocated my own Macmillan Nurse who was just fabulous. Therefore, it was basically a no brainer that the Committee decided we would support Macmillan having seen the support I had received. This was one way I can try & pay something back to say thanks.”

    Nicole McIlveen, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan said: “It’s fantastic that Carole and the ladies at Wirral KFA chose us as their charity of the year. They’re such an energetic group of ladies with which shows in the amount of money that they’ve raised for us through various events across the year.”

    “Research shows that being physically active during and after cancer treatment helps to provide a variety of health and well-being benefits. Notable among these is a significant reduction in the risk of cancer recurrence for some patients. It’s great that Carole had the KFA as an additional network of support, but her involvement in the club meant that she was physically fit and active before her diagnosis and was able to return to this lifestyle after treatment,”

    The money raised will be used to fund Macmillan’s support services for people living with cancer, their carers and families including the volunteer services on the Wirral and in Liverpool and the information & support centres based within Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Arrowe Park.

    Please visit macmillan.org.uk to find out more about physical activity and cancer. If you’re interested in joining the ladies who hold classes on a Wednesday and Thursday and have raised over £60,000 for local charities since they were established almost 40 years ago, please contact Carole direct on 0151 342 8318 or 07818894554.

    For further information, please contact:

    Nicole McIlveen, Fundraising Manager, Liverpool, Wirral, Isle of Man  07738 455 194 / nmcilveen@macmillan.org.uk

    About Macmillan Cancer Support

    There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK. One in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetimes. Cancer can affect everything, including a person’s body, relationships and finances.

    Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and personal support to people affected by cancer every year. The charity is there to support people during treatment, help with work and money worries, and listen when people need to talk about their feelings.

    Macmillan receives no government funding and relies on generous donations from the public. People up and down the country show their support for Macmillan – from hosting or attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to running a marathon or giving up alcohol – so the charity can help more and more people affected by cancer every year.

    Life with cancer is still your life and Macmillan is there to help you live it. If you want information or just to chat, call 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit www.macmillan.org.uk

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