Weʼve raised £115 to help fund the building of a self contained summerhouse where people affected by cancer can come and stay for free on a short break.
- Wincanton, United Kingdom
- Funded on Thursday, 7th December 2017
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To provide cancer patients and their families (including bereaved parents) a holiday. A chance to get away from it all even if only for a short period in a safe and fun environment. We are currently applying for Charity status so watch this space...
Why are we doing this?
I lost my husband in 2014 eight days before our daughter was born after he battled for four long years against bowel cancer. We were lucky enough to be sent on holiday three or four times at no cost to us. The difference it made just to get a break from treatment and the reality of living with a diagnosis was what kept us going and fighting. We have already purchased a caravan on the Haven Weymouth Bay site to provide short breaks for families and now want a space for couples.
This is Matt's story:
"On 20th September 2010, aged 38 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer with secondary to the liver.
When I was first diagnosed, I felt like I was on a rollercoaster. I was lonely, angry, frustrated, helpless and scared. I was also really concerned about the impact on all my loved ones, my mum whose late husband had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus just 5 months earlier, and my partner (now my wife) who was with me on the day of diagnosis.
The day we found out I had cancer was when we were supposed to start the first process for IVF. Following a scan in May 2012 we found that the cancer had spread to both sides of my lungs. I was told that treatment from here on would be non surgical and was put on a course of ore "YUMMY" chemotherapy. Many people say that I look well from the outside, so its a good job that we don't walk around inside out.
Since being diagnosed there have been some really tough times, but also some good times, some large, some small, when these come along you embrace them with both arms. In 2012 I became a married man, with a beautiful wife and all my friends and family around me. Since then, when able to dodge treatments, we have managed to make it back to NZ and have also managed a few holidays and short breaks away. My advice to others coping with cancer (and this includes their carers) is this: talk to others and accept help, don't turn people away and be a martyr, its seriously helps to accept your situation. If someone crosses the street or tries sprinting around the aisles of your local shop trying to avoid you, it doesn't mean they're a bad persons, just that they don't understand what this illness is about and how to deal with it.
Like many others, going through treatment and surgery, its been a long journey but one thing I've learnt is that sharing my knowledge and experience can help others"
Matt lived for each day and continued having various treatment. We even tried clinical trials at the Royal Marsden to fight his cancer.
We went on to do IVF and now have a beautiful daughter. She sadly didn't get to meet her dad but your support to raise funds for this charity can make a difference for other people and their families in the future. Every penny counts, so however little or big your donation you will be making a difference to somebody's life.
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Melissa Parsons started crowdfunding
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Nov 23, 2017
MelAll the best in your venture.Fiona x
Amanda And Charlie.
Aug 29, 2017
Good on ya Mel and Faith. Matt would be so proud of you.
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