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Digging deep for cancer patients

CHARITY TREK: From left, Claire Courtman, Jill Pugh and Jan Tinsley are trekking the Great Wall of China for Macmillan Cancer Support. PHOTO: Mike Proudfoot MP120914 (2).

CHARITY TREK: From left, Claire Courtman, Jill Pugh and Jan Tinsley are trekking the Great Wall of China for Macmillan Cancer Support. PHOTO: Mike Proudfoot MP120914 (2).

 

DIG deep to help Macmillan Cancer Support.

That’s the call from three family members who are stepping out of their comfort zone at the end of this month to raise £10,000 for the charity by trekking part of the Great Wall of China.

Sisters Jill Pugh and Jan Tinsley, aged 49 and 56, and Jill’s daughter Claire Courtman, 25, have been inspired by their friend Di Griffiths, of Shropshire, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and received much support from the charity.

After undergoing a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, a failed reconstruction and successful reconstruction, Di is setting out to fulfil one of her lifetime ambitions accompanied by the trio.

Ahead of the Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest annual fundraising event, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which takes place on Friday, September 28, Jill, Jan and Claire are holding a Ladies Lunch at The Abbey Restaurant, Ballasalla, on Thursday, from 11.30am-3pm.

It includes reception drinks, lunch, a special guest, and a raffle and promise auction. There will also be the chance to do some shopping, thanks to support from Cubbin and Bregazzi, Giuliotti, Second to None, Beautiful Blooms and enjoy a facial thanks to The Fhc. For tickets (£20), contact Jan on 432227 or Jill on 429721.

For those unable to attend the lunch, the trio are also encouraging people to donate £10. Each £10 donation will be numbered and one lucky number will be chosen at random to receive a two-week stay in a beautiful four bedroomed villa in Florida.

The first day of the six-day trek will see them tackle the 360-step climb up Heaven’s Ladder. They will be walking between five and seven hours a day, and camping rough. At the end of the trek they will take a zipwire from the wall across a river.

Jill, of Ballachrink Farm, Santon, said: ‘Our journey in China will undoubtedly be tough, a physical challenge and without creature comforts but nothing like the challenging journey faced by thousands of people and their families in the UK dealing with the effects of cancer.

‘Thankfully we are able to help by supporting Macmillan, who provide moral, clinical, financial, advisory support and many other vital services to all those living with cancer.’

Send cheques, payable to Macmillan Cancer Support, to Mrs Jill Pugh, 21 Murrays Lake Drive, Mount Murray, Santon, IM4 2GZ, with details of your name, address and if Gift Aid applies. To make a donation online go to www.justgiving.com/claire-courtman3, www.justgiving.com/jill-pugh or www.justgiving.com/jan-tinsley.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support for people affected by cancer, and pushes for a better cancer care system.

 

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