A WOMAN who survived cancer is to give back to the charity that supported her through her battle with the illness by organising a fundraising event today.
Emma Hughes was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March 2012 and was not sure where to turn.
The 23-year-old was told about the charity organisation CLIC Sargent, which supports people diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 20 and 25.
The organisation not only helped the Co-op cashier emotionally, but financially, by providing new clothes when she lost a lot of weight and a real hair wig, which can cost up £400.
She said: ‘Everything happened so fast. I went into the doctors with a cough on the Tuesday and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s on the Friday.
‘CLIC is such a good cause that not a lot of people know about, which is a shame as they do some great work and don’t get the publicity they deserve.
‘The great thing about it is they just made me feel like me. I never thought “I’m a person suffering from cancer”.’
Now the 23-year-old is looking to show her gratitude to the charity which gave her so much support.
Emma and her colleagues at the San Diego Road Co-op store are holding a fundraiser today to raise money for CLIC.
It coincides with the opening of the store’s new ice cream parlour, with half the profits taken from the opening being donated to the charity.
Each year the shop holds a fundraising day for a charity, and Emma insisted that this year they donated to CLIC.
‘Even after I was given the all-clear I would talk about them all the time,’ said Emma.
‘The support they give people is second to none.
‘They even provided me and my partner with a short break, which gave me something to look forward to, rather than just sitting around.’
Once Emma, of Albert Street, Gosport, was given the all-clear in September 2012, CLIC still continued to support her.
Emma said she wants to give back to the people who looked out for her when she had nowhere to turn.
She said: ‘I’m glad that I’m able to give something back to such a good cause.’