Thursday, October 6, 2022

East Tilbury fundraiser completes triple challenge for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

A 54-year-old charity supporter has completed three challenges this year in aid of Helen Rollason Cancer Charity (HRCC).

Joanne Phillips from East Tilbury, Essex, has raised £747 for the charity.

Starting in April 2022, Joanne has completed the Peak District Ultra Challenge, Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge and the Easter 50 Challenge, running and walking over 80km in total.

Upon her return home, Joanne also cycled the Cycle Marathon, ran by Mardyke Valley Rotary Club, completing 111km overall.

Joanne said: “I decided that I wanted to give something back to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity to say thank you for their support for my mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“With the help of their counsellors and holistic therapies, they helped her to get through the dark days.

“Their Mid Essex Support Centre in Hatfield Peverel have always provided a warm welcome to both my parents, Eddy and Jean Foster. We are always met by a friendly volunteer to chat to and they will arrange a cup of tea for my dad whilst my mum is having her treatment.

“Both my parents were offered counselling, which has helped my dad to understand and come to terms with my mum’s diagnosis.

“I feel incredibly proud of all I have achieved and would like to say thank you to my friends and family not only for their valuable support, but also donating to this fantastic cause. 

“I’ve enjoyed fundraising so much for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity that I also held an afternoon tea and raffle in their honour. We can never thank the charity enough.”

Zoe Jay, head of marketing and fundraising, said: “What an incredible accomplishment for Joanne.

“We are so grateful for her support and raising £747 which will go towards supporting those living with cancer. This donation alone will fund 14 counselling appointments or 14 reflexology sessions for our clients.

“Our support centres offer a range of complementary therapies to patients in an environment of peace and tranquillity, including counselling, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage and support groups.

“We support men and women with all types of cancer at all stages – whether newly diagnosed or longer-term, throughout treatment and after treatment is completed.”

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