Kel­lyfest to sup­port can­cer teens

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GET set for Kel­lyfest – a fun day out for all the fam­ily at the Wor­ples­don Me­mo­rial Hall grounds next Sun­day af­ter­noon (Septem­ber 17) to raise money for the Teenage and Young Adult Can­cer Ser­vice (TYAC) at the Royal Sur­rey County Hospi­tal.

Kelly’s Stor­age, a fam­ily run busi­ness in Guild­ford for 80 years, has a young mem­ber of staff who ben­e­fited from TYAC sup­port.

Now its char­ity wing, Kelly’s Stor­age, wants to raise at least £3,000 to pay for an out­door ac­tiv­ity week­end in the Welsh coun­try­side for 10 young peo­ple with can­cer.

TYAC coun­sel­lor Merry Gib­bons said: “We aim to pro­vide a dif­fer­ent but ef­fec­tive way of sup­port­ing our pa­tients’ psy­cho­log­i­cal well­be­ing by get­ting them away from the hospi­tal and so­cial­is­ing with other young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing can­cer.

“In do­ing so it takes them out of their com­fort zone, en­abling them to re-build their con­fi­dence, self-es­teem and re­silience.”

The Wor­ples­don day will fea­ture live mu­sic, Punch & Judy, stalls and ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages – and plenty of re­fresh­ments.

Dodge­ball, a bouncy cas­tle, hair and glit­ter bars and a craft tent will keep the young­sters happy and a Tug of War will see mem­bers of the public pit­ting their strength against the Kelly’s Stor­age staff team.

En­trance to the event area will be by vol­un­tary do­na­tion (sug­gested £6, un­der 12s £2).

Moira Martin, direc­tor of Kelly’s Stor­age Char­ity Events, said: “Our ap­proach is quite unique.

“We or­gan­ise and pay for fundrais­ing sport­ing events and be­cause we deduct no costs, ev­ery penny raised goes to our char­ity part­ners.

“So far we have raised over £300,000 through walks, runs and cy­cles but this is our first Kel­lyFest. We are ex­cited to be putting on such a fun event and at the same time rais­ing money for a char­ity that pro­vides such an amaz­ing ser­vice within our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

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