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.

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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 macmil­

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. warn­er­leisure­ho­

Singer Gareth Gates with guests in­clud­ing Jo Pawlett, sec­ond left, and Emma Tills, sec­ond right, who run Can-cer­vive.

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