March and Chatteris group’s appeal to beat cancer

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A group which raised more than £26,000 last year alone towards the fight against cancer is appealing for more people to help make a difference.

The March and Chatteris District Macmillan Cancer Support group is calling for new members to step forward so it can help even more people affected by the disease.

Anyone with a lot, or even a little, time to spare is welcome on board – and an event is being held in March next week for people to find out more.

The informal social evening is being held at Cassanos in the High Street on Monday, April 13, from 7.30pm.

The group says it will be an opportunity to find out what what it does and how you can get involved, and everyone is welcome. Gill Smith, a member of the March and Chatteris group, said local community support has meant the group was able to raise more than £26,000 in 2014 to help people affected by cancer in Fenland.

“However, we cannot be there for everyone affected by cancer and that’s why we need more people to help so that we can ensure no one in Fenland faces the condition alone,” she said.

“Macmillan is such a worthwhile cause so, if there is anyone out there who has a few hours to spare and would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you.

“There are several opportunities available which suit all kinds of people with different backgrounds.

“Whether it’s a couple of hours a year or a week, it really doesn’t matter, we just need the extra help.”

Opportunities include organising fundraising events and collections, and helping at those events, as well as distributing and managing collection tins.

Mrs Smith said around 584 people in Fenland are diagnosed with cancer every year and money raised by the group helps fund everything from local nurses to providing essential financial, emotional, medical and practical help to cancer patients and their families.

For more information on becoming a member of the March and Chatteris District group contact 07961 507515.