When cancer struck Tina Morris she was determined to do something for the charity that supported her, but the disease stole her life before she got the chance.
Diagnosed in 2012, she was given the all-clear by Christmas that year and decided upon her mission to raise funds for the charity Macmillan, which had done so much to help her, but by spring 2013 it returned and by summer her devoted family had lost her.
However, her daughter Hayley, 35, from Skegness, promised her mum that she would take up her mantle and do what she could to raise cash for the organisation. She has since been busy raising funds to ensure others in Lincolnshire get the same standard of care her mother received in her darkest hours.
She has approached local businesses for donations of raffle prizes, she has made jewellery which she sells to boost the fund, and now she plans a tribute event to her mother and all mums everywhere affected by the disease.
“Mum had lived in Chapel St Leonards since 1981 and worked for many years as a school nurse in Skegness before becoming a Health Visitor covering Skegness, Mablethorpe, Alford and the surrounding areas,” Hayley said.
“She was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and thanks to the care she received she wanted to organise an event for Macmillan once she was better. Sadly she never got better and we lost her last year. I am now trying to organise the event as she would have wanted.”
Hayley has booked Chapel St Leonards’ Village Hall for Mothers Day, Sunday, March 30, between 11am and 4pm to hold the ‘Mother’s Day Meet’ family fun day.
“There will be lots of craft stalls to treat mums, fun games, stalls for children, pamper treats such as massage and nails as well as tea and coffee, raffle, door prize and lots of other things,” she said.
“I am hoping it will be a lovely family day out. I am trying to get the community involved and I think unfortunately so many people are affected by cancer in some way that Macmillan is a valued charity to support.”
Hayley says that the charity’s care did not end when her mum died and has since been in touch to ask if she needs support herself in her time of grief and loss.
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