Gareth’s special treat to angels of Can-cervive
Derek James reports as singer and entertainer Gareth Gates gives a special audience to two very special ladies from Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Two Macmillan beneficiaries who run Can-cervive, a Suffolk cancer support group, had a special audience with singer Gareth Gates, who made his name in the talent show Pop Idol, thanks to the team at Gunton Hall Coastal Village, Lowestoft.
Gareth took time to meet Jo Pawlett and Emma Tills, both from Lowestoft, when he appeared at the Warner Leisure Hotel which is a charity partner of Macmillan. He met them backstage with his guests and chatted to them about their individual journeys through cancer.
“It was great to spend time with Jo and Emma. I am aware just how important Macmillan is to families when a loved one is given a cancer diagnosis. The entire Macmillan are angels and it’s good to be able to meet more people who have been comforted by their support,” says Gareth.
And Jo adds: “It was wonderful meeting Gareth as he was so positive about how far we’ve come in our journeys and we’ve taken a lot of inspiration away from our chat.
“It was such a lovely gesture from the team at Gunton Hall to arrange this for us, it’s great to see such support for your fellow community member.”
As the number of people living with cancer in the UK continues to rise, Warner Leisure Hotels and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.
Over the next three years, Warner Leisure Hotels hopes to raise £ 500,000 for Macmillan, which would fund 25,000 hours of professional support enabling them to help more than 1,500 people. So far the figure raised across 13 properties stands at more than £405,000.
Can-cervive is a cancer support group which was set up by friends Jo and Emma, both in their 30s, three years ago.
Mother-of-two Jo was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and Emma, who has three children, discovered in the same year that she had a rare form of bowel cancer.
The first meeting was held in March of 2015 with just 12 people attended. There are now more than 100 members with around 30 attending the monthly meetings.
They meet at the James Paget University Hospital’s Louise Hamilton Centre in Gorleston and have been awarded funds from Macmillan Cancer Support to help them continue their valuable work in the community.
Every year more than 4,500 people in Suffolk find out they have cancer. There are at least 25,000 people living with cancer across the county. Macmillan does wonderful work across Suffolk and Norfolk in so many different ways.
It says: “We’re here to help you find your best way through from the moment of diagnosis, so you’re able to live life as fully as you can.”
For information, support, or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 0000 or visit macmillan.org.uk
Warner Leisure Hotels specialises in UK short activity breaks just for adults. The regional chain of hotels hosts accommodation across the country ranging from manor houses to coastal resorts and villages at 13 sites. More information at www. warnerleisurehotels.co.uk
Singer Gareth Gates with guests including Jo Pawlett, second left, and Emma Tills, second right, who run Can-cervive.