SOME wonderful friends of mine ran the Race for Life in Portsmouth recently and raised hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research and I admire every one of them.
My sister Helen Davis and I are not really made to be runners but we can eat cake!
Helen saw the great work that Tammys One Stop Party Shop was doing raising money for various charities and she wanted to do something special for her friend Sheila Garrity.
I was only too happy to let Helen drink coffee and eat cake while raising money for Breast Cancer Care, especially as my auntie Jane Kent is fighting the horrific disease right now.
Helen went into overdrive, inviting friends and loved ones to the event. People kindly donated gifts and vouchers for the raffle, as well as baking cakes.
Christine Gouge made a large Victoria sponge with cream and glitter all over, with a humongous strawberry placed right on the top. Gemma Davis made some racy cupcakes that were to remind us to check our breasts and Paul Talbot, who lost his wife Pat to breast cancer in September last year, made lots of fresh cream strawberry cupcakes and homemade scones.
Lots of people came along and enjoyed a big raffle, with a balloon-popping challenge to discover your prize – and we raised £353!
Jane Kent arrived with her husband Dave and enjoyed a large slice of cake and even won a prize on the raffle.
The mother-of-four said: ‘I didn’t have this on my list of things to do in my life. Cancer certainly wasn’t part of my plan. I’m far too busy to let it get me!
‘If anyone is battling this right now please open up to your nurses, they are wonderful even if you think it’s something small or intimate.
‘I urge people to support Macmillan and Harbour Cancer Support if you can.
‘They are wonderful and have been a great help to my family recently, but mostly I want people to support Tammys One Stop Party Shop.
‘Helen and Tammy just do this out of the kindness of their hearts for so many different charities.’
Future events at Tammys One Stop Party Shop include 13-year-old Dannii Leighs’ event in loving memory of her uncle Richard Longman.
She will have her waist length hair shaved to a grade 2 for Macmillan and she will be donating her hair for children with cancer on August 18.
To donate prizes or bake a cake for all to share please get in touch on 07801760969.