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Making seconds count at Wisbech coffee morning in aid of secondary breast cancer charity

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Organisers of a charity coffee morning have been blown away by its success after raising more than £1,700.

The event held on Saturday at the Secret Garden in Mile Tree Lane, Wisbech, was organised by Steph Laver and friends in aid of a specialist cancer charity.

They were inspired to hold the coffee morning, which also included entertainment from a singer guitarist, stalls, raffle and tombola by their friend and former Fenland Citizen employee Helen McKee.

Steph Laver and team, including Helen Mckee (centre) at the Saturday's coffee morning in aid of secondary breast cancer.
Steph Laver and team, including Helen Mckee (centre) at the Saturday's coffee morning in aid of secondary breast cancer.

Helen, who also worked at the National Farmers' Union in Wisbech, has sadly been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and has been deemed end of life.

She was diagnosed in 2019 and is currently enduring both chemotherapy and radiotherapy to help control the pain and in the hope of giving her more time.

Helen, who married her husband James Ward in a dream wedding last summer, has worked with Steph for a number of years and they are close friends.

Steph said: "We met at the NFU and then we car shared when we both went to work for another insurance broker in Peterborough.

"I enjoy organising fundraising events and have held them for the Alzheimer's Society and the Princes Trust in the past.

"So I was keen to do something for a charity that means so much to Helen - Make 2nds Count. Thankfully she was well enough to come along on Saturday as her pain is currently well managed.

"Unfortunately Helen had been complaining about feeling unwell for about three years but did not have any specific lump in her breast, she had global pain particularly in her leg, so the doctors thought it was lupus.

"When she finally did find lump she was sadly at stage 4 breast cancer and was told there was not a lot that could be done as it has spread around her body including her liver."

Make 2nds Count is a patient and family focused charity dedicated to giving hope to women and men living with secondary breast cancer.

It raises awareness and funds medical research that will contribute to advancing an increased quality of life for patients. Its community programme supports patients and families affected by this incurable disease.

Steph concluded:"We are so grateful to everyone who came along on Saturday to support the event and have been blown away by the amount we raised for this special charity."

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