Mum Cathryn is delighted with pub cancer fundraiser

SONG Beth Churcher, 17, performs at the pub fundraiser
SONG Beth Churcher, 17, performs at the pub fundraiser
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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BRAVE Cathryn Wyllie is celebrating the success of a party to thank the people supporting her second battle against cancer.

The mum-of-three said she was ‘overwhelmed’ after seeing hundreds of friends and relatives at the fundraising bash, adding that it gave her a chance to say thank you personally to everybody who has helped her.

MUM Cathryn

MUM Cathryn

Held at the Sir Joseph Paxton pub, in Hunts Pond Road, Titchfield Common, the party filled the building to bursting, with a raffle, auction, karaoke and buffet taking place inside.

Cathryn fought off leukaemia aged just 14, but now after more than a decade with the all-clear the 29-year-old is once again battling cancer.

But with the help of people like school friend Laura Cozens – who co-organised the get-together – she isn’t losing heart.

‘I just can’t believe how many people came,’ she said.

‘When me and Laura talked about it we were just thinking of a small group of us, but it grew and grew.

‘And it’s so fantastic to be able to make these people happy after everything they’ve done for me.

‘I get tired easily but I was determined to go around and thank everyone who came – it took quite a while.’

All money raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, which has been helping Cathryn, of Beacon Way in Park Gate, through her treatment.

‘I’m just glad I can give something back,’ she said. ‘The Macmillan nurses were amazing when I was waiting in the hospital.

‘They would talk to me and give me biscuits and a cup of tea, and you wouldn’t believe what a difference that makes.

‘Just to feel like someone is looking after you when things are hardest.’

The total amount raised from the evening’s events was more than £2,000, and 28-year-old Laura, who now lives in Farnborough, said she was over the moon at the turnout.

She said: ‘We never expected anything like this.

‘There must have been more than 200 people, and everyone looked like they were having a great time. It’s just brilliant to see everyone come together for Cathryn, she’s been so strong and brave.’

Cathryn’s mother Sian Gardner, from Hunts Pond Road, said it was emotional seeing just how much people loved her daughter.

She said: ‘I knew she was popular, but this is unbelievable. Her friends have been amazing throughout this whole thing.

‘I can’t say how grateful I am to all of them.’