Five hundred people have been invited to take part in one of Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising coffee mornings.
Cancer fighter Sally Watson together with friends Sarah Fox and Sarah Harris are busy preparing for the mammoth event at Preston Grasshoppers between 10am and noon on September 25, and hope to raise hundreds for charity just hours before Sally goes for chemotherapy treatment.
The mum-of-two was diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer in June and started treatment in July.
She said: “I saw an advert on TV for the annual Macmillan coffee morning and thought it was typical it was on a day I couldn’t do. Then later on Sarah Harris came round for a brew and the advert came on again.
“She asked if I fancied it and I explained about the timings, but she said her and Sarah would sort it all out for me.
“They’ve been the main catalysts in this and have got everything done.”
Macmillan Cancer Support has been encouraging people to host simultaneous coffee mornings on a date in September for several years, and last year the event raised over £25m.
The driving instructor from Ingol, added: “When we started out it was just a nice little coffee morning for a few of it, but it’s just grown and grown.
“We put something out on Facebook inviting friends and they invited their friends, and so on. It’s snowballed and it’s very exciting.
“Five hundred have been invited and if half of those people turned up, I’d be absolutely chuffed - and at least I’m getting out of doing the washing up”.
The women set up a Justgiving donation site earlier this week and within an hour just over £80 was raised.
Sally said: “I was lost for words over how generous people have been, and also with the raffle prizes donated.
“I’ve no idea how much we’ll raise in the end, but I hope we do really well for Macmillan. They’ve been fantastic, they were there for me first thing and have pointed out loads of help.
“I thought that at 33 I was quite young to get cancer, but I found out so many more people have been diagnosed.
“Looking round in hospital, I was shocked and Macmillan need all the support we can give them.”
To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/KickCancerInTheBum/ or text donate SALW47 £1,2,3,4,5,10,15,20 (or any amount) to 70070.