25 September 2015
Two Midsomer Norton school girls held a cake sale to raise money for the charity that helped their Grandmother.
Libby Wright’s grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2010 and received support from the Macmillan Cancer Support Information and Support Centre volunteers at Southampton General Hospital.
To say thank you for the invaluable support Macmillan gave Mrs Mann, Libby, 10, and her friend Melody Stokes, 11, decided that they would hold a cake sale at the end of August.
Melody’s mum, Rachel Stokes says 'The Macmillan nurses and volunteers were amazing, offering support and care. When Mrs Mann was first diagnosed the Macmillan nurses took her and her family into a private room and explained everything to them. They were always there for any questions and offering constant support. The volunteers were so happy to just keep her company and helping her to be positive and keep her spirits high. They gave massages and brought refreshments, they even gave her a goody bag full of pamper items which help lift her morale.
When the girls decided what they wanted to do to say thank you they designed and made flyers for their sale which took place on Sunday 28th August. They then leaflet dropped the whole of Welton Grove, family and friends to advertise the event. They baked like mad the day before and morning of the sale, roping in family and made muffins, cup cakes, scones, sponges, fairy cakes, cookies ... you name it they made it!
They set up a gazebo on my drive, organised tables and set up their sale. The response was phenomenal with people queuing to buy their cakes and make a donation; at one point the road looked like a car park with so many people arriving! The girls not only sold their cakes to customers arriving at their stall they also delivered their cakes to elderly residents who were unable to attend but wanted to donate. At the end of their 2 hour sale they had raised an incredible £460! We are incredibly proud of them.'
All of the money raised will be used to fund Macmillan’s vital cancer services; from specialist nurses and doctors to advice and grants for cancer patients with financial problems.
Locally over the years Macmillan has funded the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support service at RUH Bath, over 30 Macmillan professionals including breast service and associate medical director for cancer, a Macmillan GP, BANES Macmillan CAB benefits advice service and a physical activity programme.
Macmillan fundraising manager, Kaeti Morrison, said: 'We are so grateful to Melody and Libby for their hard work and dedication they have shown with this cake sale.
'I hope that they inspire more people to join Team Macmillan because it is only with the support of our local community that we are able to continue funding our vital services. They show you are never too young to help and support.
'With more people being diagnosed with cancer the need for our services is only going to grow. We want to make sure no one has to face it alone but we can’t do it without the amazing people who fundraise for us.'
To find out how you can get involved contact Kaeti on 07801 307063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.