For the ninth year in a row a Bermondsey cancer survivor will host a Macmillan’s Coffee afternoon in the Dickens Estate’s Wade Hall this Saturday (October 19), to help raise funds for nurses and care.
Sheila Woolgar, 72, who received the all clear for breast cancer six years ago, will offer a raffle, tombola, sale table, cakes, tea and coffee.
Everyone is welcome to attend from 12noon til 4pm.
In the nine years since Shelia has been holding the event, she has held it in memory of friends who have received care from the nurses, telling the News: “Fortunately I didn’t need the nurses when I had cancer. I was very lucky as I went in for my check-up and the doctors found it early.
“I had surgery and a course of medication for five years then I was discharged. The care at Guy’s was wonderful. I just thought to myself ‘I need to give something back’.
“Most families have someone who is affected by it and seeing it first-hand you think “gosh”. They are there 24/7 and this is the only way they get money.
“It costs £1,000 a week for a nurse so I aim for that much every year. I have two daughters who help out with my husband. It’s a bit of a family affair. A lot of local people get involved and it’s a great morning.”
Entrance will cost £2 but includes free coffee, tea and cake and a raffle ticket.
If you can’t make it on the day but would still like to contribute to Macmillan cancer support charity, visit www.macmillan.org.uk