On November 10th 2015 I missed an excellent information day at The Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. It was hosted by a small charity, many people will never have heard of – the Ann Edgar Charitable Trust. This event was for Net Cancer Day. The reason I wasn’t there; I was in hospital with sepsis. My mobile phone let out a familiar tone. I looked down at the screen, the notification said “a big cheer for Elizabeth……” this gave me the boost I needed and echoed what I already knew – that my chums from the support group were all there for me. It was then I decided by hook or by crook next net cancer day I would be doing something very different. Eight weeks in hospital, a few months of getting my life back on track. And then plans began……
The Ann Edgar support meetings offer what I would say is a pretty special service. I’ve made new friends and genuinely feel a real benefit. The charity has not only made me feel welcome but gives time and support to my husband Steve too. The knock on effect reaches not only partners, but also children, parents, siblings, friends and work colleagues. My sons, sister and friend have all been in contact with TAECT at some point. The idea that anyone affected by nets can get support or information on a local level is wonderful. For me it’s time to put something back in to say thank you. I would like to raise awareness of TAECT and net cancer too. What better time than net cancer day. So one year on and a tea party in Pencaitland is organised to raise some awareness and funds.
Whilst my main aim was to do the majority of the organising, I wanted to involve others. I enjoyed getting the help; it was great how it all came together. Helping hands can in all sorts of ways and was much appreciated.
It was a lovely event to organise, folks came from near and far to taste the lovely home baking I have been tweeting about. It gave me a warm feeling to see so many people walk through the doors. The room was full of laughter and chatter with many smiling faces. In the two hours we raised a fantastic £1289
Looking forward to the next fundraiser to get my teeth into.