28 November 2017
A local company in Middlesbrough have raised £4,000 to help local people affected by cancer.
Staff and customers of Glanbia, a performance nutrition company, have raised an amazing £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Behind all the fundraising is Lorraine Ferry.
“My cancer journey began in 2004 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I underwent a lumpectomy, and then started radiotherapy treatment, travelling to James Cook University hospital every day for 6 weeks.
Ten years later (2014), I discovered that the scarring from my lumpectomy was changing shape. On examination at the North Tees breast unit, again I was diagnosed with local recurrence of breast cancer. I was devastated at having to face the inevitable of having my breast removed, opting for a breast reconstruction, taking the muscle from my tummy and building me a new breast. Life was good, life was great.
Soon after, I started a gruelling 18 weeks of Chemotherapy treatment; regularly meeting the Macmillan nurses offering help where needed.
Last year (2016) I requested further surgery to my breast (for cosmetic purposes) when I discovered the cancer had spread to the remaining tissue of the breast. Again I had to start another grueling 18 weeks of intense Chemotherapy treatment, but with the support of my loving family, friends and colleagues, I remained positive throughout.
I still continue to receive treatment once every 3 weeks at North Tees Chemotherapy Unit to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back and to help my body’s immune system destroy cancer cells.
With the amazing response we received from last years’ coffee morning, I wanted to get involved to help Sue Welch raise funds for an amazing charity and would like to thank everyone who made it happen.”
Fundraising at Glanbia
Alex Baker, Operations Director at Glanbia - “Sadly cancer touches all of our lives today, despite the dedicated work undertaken around the world to overcome this terrible disease, and the Glanbia family is no exception.
I am always inspired by people like Lorraine who face this incredibly difficult situation with bravery & dignity, whilst continuing in their daily lives and I am further lifted by her desire to help others facing similar challenges, actively aided by her friend & colleague, Sue Welch.
The coffee morning held at our Middlesbrough site was a fantastic event, supported fully by our employees and some of our key suppliers. The bakes were of a Great British standard and the generosity of all was quite humbling.
We have a fantastic group of people here and with the business matching the monies raised by the employees we were able to make a contribution to a incredible organisation that I am sure will go on to make a difference to many others.”