Since her diagnosis of ovarian cancer, Kath has been keen to raise awareness and last March held an afternoon tea.
My ovarian cancer diagnosis came as a big shock. Had I been aware of the symptoms I’d probably have acted sooner. I’d had a few urinary symptoms which I put down to ‘normal’ issues which affect many women. I then developed a lump in my side which prompted me to make an appointment with my GP.
I discovered Target Ovarian Cancer and learned about the charity’s work raising awareness. I wanted to do the same and help save lives, so last March I held an afternoon tea at home for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
I invited lots of family members, neighbours, friends old and new and ex work colleagues. We decorated with bunting and used balloons supplied by Target Ovarian Cancer to hang from the light fittings. I even attached a couple to my front door on the day so those who weren't sure could identify the house.
We baked scones, cakes and some savoury snacks as well as holding a raffle. We had a total of 30 prizes including: wines, chocolate, a lovely fruit cake, mugs, toiletries and craft items.
Donations for the treats and raffle tickets raised over £600 - that’s enough to let over 1,400 people know about the symptoms and fund a day of medical research into new treatments!
It was a lively affair with much laughter and 'catching up'. One of my neighbours walked in, looked across at one of my friends and said, 'l know that lady, she used to teach me!'. As people left they even said they were looking forward to catching up next year.
With the help and support of Target Ovarian Cancer's fundraising team as well as my friends and family, I'm already planning to bake some noise again this March!