The Big Fat Scottish Tweet Up was originally and primarily set up as a Networking Event, however it was decided that its good to give back, and to support some Charities.
At this Event we wish to support two new organisations that have quite personal meaning, so today I want to share some stories and give you a chance to learn a little bit more the Charities that we are representing and who will benefit from the fundraising at the Event.
Firstly I am going to hand you over to Michelle McKenna. Michelle is a past Bride of mine. I was involved in her On the Day Co-ordination and we have kept in touch.
You can see her wedding day here.
Michelle says “In July 2011 just four weeks after my wedding and the picture on your left was taken I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The diagnosis came as a complete shock however, I was very lucky to be diagnosed at an early stage and was able to have an experimental surgery that saved my life and fertility.”
“Throughout my diagnosis and treatment I was provided with support from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust for which I have set this Justgiving page up. Jo’s is the only dedicated cervical cancer charity which provides information, support and assistance to cervical cancer patients or those concerned with smear results.”
“I hope I manage to make cervical cancer more openly discussed and encourage all woman to attend regular smears.”
Michelle has herself already raised over £2000, after her own fundraising activities led to her organising a walk around Strathclyde Park, near Glasgow on Sat 21st January. All participants were encouraged to wear pink pants over their trousers to draw attention to the event. The event was primarily Cervical Cancer awareness raising but also to raise some much needed funds on the day.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust (Jo’s Trust) is the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Their aim is to offer information, support and friendship to women of all ages, to help them to understand the importance of cervical screening, and to provide their own personal brand of support if their screening shows up abnormalities or if they are diagnosed with cancer.
They look to provide comprehensive, easy to understand information about cervical cancer, cervical abnormalities and their subsequent treatments. They also have an area for you to contact their panel of medical experts. It helps to be able to access information you can trust when questions come to mind.
They aim to help you understand every step of what you’re going through.
Through their forum board, women are able to get in contact with each other and share stories and tips on how to make it through some of the tough times. It’s just good to know that there is someone out there who has gone through a similar situation.
Secondly, I want to hand you over to Nicola Leckie of Smile Booth. Nicola was involved in the Tweet Up in September and will be involved with the March Event. I am proud to support Maggies on behalf of Nicola and below she tells you why the Charity has special meaning.
Nicola says “Cancer is a disease that most likely all of us have been affected by. I lost my father in law to prostrate cancer in 2005, he was only 64, he never got to play with any of his grandchildren.
My cousin, has just undergone a double mastectomy & is currently receiving chemotherapy, she has two young daughters. Unfortunately this is all too common.”
“Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres empower people living with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care. A fantastic charity, that’s does so much to make a difference to cancer sufferers & their families.”
Maggie’s Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. They are places where people are welcome whenever they need help – from just being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post-treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement.
They also welcome family and friends, as they are often deeply affected by cancer too. They know that those who love and look after someone with cancer can feel just as frightened, vulnerable and uncertain.
Their visitors tell them that the welcome they receive at Maggie’s is what they appreciate the most. Just walking through their doors puts them at ease. This is a key part of their pioneering approach that integrates professional help with a community of support in thoughtfully designed centres, a combination that is proving highly effective in alleviating the emotional distress and practical difficulties that cancer brings.
Everything they provide is free of charge, so visitors can feel welcome to access the support for as long as they need it.
So I hope you will join me in supporting these charities both with your attendance at the Event and also with your donations and contributions.
The door entry for the Event is £10 and inclusions noted HERE, all monies from event will go to the Charities.
If you wish to donate a Prize for the Charity Raffle I would be incredibly grateful.
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