Grainne tells us how she helped saved lives with her November Nights fundraiser in memory of her mother.
"I chose to support Target Ovarian Cancer as my mother Una died from ovarian cancer in 2014, aged 60, after five years battling this disease. My mum did a lot of fundraising for the charity and also ran an awareness campaign in Northern Ireland to highlight the symptoms and I wanted to carry this on after her death.
Making my night count
Last year I signed up to November Nights – it was such a simple and easy way to make my night count for women with ovarian cancer. All I needed to do was invite family and friends for a fun night in at my home and raise some money along the way.
A lot of people fundraising for Target Ovarian Cancer have been directly affected by ovarian cancer whether themselves or a family member. So, my idea was just to make it as much fun as possible as we all just needed to laugh! My mum was full of laughter and loved to have a joke and fun so I didn't want the event to be a sad one - a games night was perfect for us! I set up a Facebook event to run mine which is a great way to get the details across to everyone.
Our night was so much fun
All the ladies were so involved, especially when someone was embarrassing themselves - our night was so much fun. One of the highlights of the evening was playing Pie Face and Speak Out! The girls were very generous and are always supportive of me and any fundraisers I organise.
We had a set amount of £10 per person for the night but also had pin badges and wristbands from Target Ovarian Cancer on the table for donations. I also let people who couldn't make it know how they could donate.
Everything I needed
After signing up, I received a great pack for my games night. I was given everything I needed in terms of ideas to try and symptoms leaflets to give to my friends to help raise awareness. The team at Target Ovarian Cancer were always so accommodating. If I needed anything I'd pop an email across to Simon and get the help, advice or materials that I needed.
Treatments for the future
We had a great night playing games and remembering the good times with mum – knowing our night would save lives. In just a few hours, we raised £100, enough to fund half a day of medical research into new treatments! This November, I’m inviting my friends and family for another night in so that we can do even more for women with ovarian cancer."
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