VISITORS to a Lichfield shopping centre have helped to raise more than £1,900 for a cancer charity.
Three Spires Shopping Centre was taken over by Macmillan Cancer Support. There was a street fair, family activities and prizes from retailers.
Shoppers also enjoyed a hog roast while children were entertained by Muggy, the Macmillan mascot and had their faces painted.
The event, which was organised by the charity’s Lichfield and Tamworth Villages Committee. Its aim was to raise awareness of the charity and the work it does.
The inaugural event last year raised more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. A charity which provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.
Over the past five years the Lichfield and Tamworth Villages Committee has raised more than £80,000 with a wide variety of events. It is now appealing for more volunteers to join them to help hit the £100,000 mark.
Shopper Samantha Reid backed the call for support. She attended the event with her daughter Amelia, three and parents Angela and Paul Reid to support her uncle Ian Draper. He is also a volunteer for the charity.
“My uncle got involved with Macmillan Cancer Support after losing several close relatives to cancer in a short space of time,” said Samantha from Tamworth.
“He received lots of help and support from the charity and wanted to give something back. We hope lots of people will get behind the fund-raising efforts and sign up to volunteer.”
Sarah Stacey and her daughter Shannon aged ten, a pupil at Boney Hay Primary School in Burntwood, had a very personal reason for attending the fund-raiser to show her support.
“I lost my friend Shanaz to cancer this week, when I heard about the Macmillan event I wanted to come down and show my support.
“Shanaz was just 44 and had received help and support from Macmillan so this is a something that is close to my heart. The event was really good, with a great atmosphere. Shannon was happy as she won a big dog teddy on the tombola.”
Three Spires Shopping Centre
Three Spires Shopping Centre Manager Lisa Prokopiou said: “We were very happy to support this terrific event for Macmillan Cancer Support and we had a great turnout.
“Cancer is an illness that affects so many people and Macmillan does sterling work in the community. It was fantastic to see shoppers getting involved, having fun and supporting such a great cause.”
Claire Morden from Macmillan’s Lichfield and Tamworth Villages Committee said: “By 2020 one in two people will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, Macmillan is working to ensure that as the demand for cancer services rises, people affected by cancer wherever they are in the UK, have access to the best cancer information and support in their local community.
“We know that cancer can be the loneliest place and now more than ever we need people to support Macmillan to help ensure no one has to face cancer alone. We are currently appealing for volunteers to help us to raise vital funds. Therefore, anyone who is interested in finding out more can contact me on 01543 444 959.”
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body. You worry about what will happen to your life. At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. Because of this, we’re here to support you through.
From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’ll be there. We are millions of supporters, professionals, volunteers, campaigners and people affected by cancer. Together we make sure there’s always someone here for you. To give you the support, energy and the inspiration you need to help you feel like yourself again.
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