THREE generations of women in the same family have pledged to fight cancer by founding a Marie Curie Cancer Care group in Riddings after the death of a loved one.
Marjorie Brocklehurst, 65, her daughter Karen Lilley, 43, and her daughter Rosie, 15, are now appealing for volunteers for their group after Marjorie’s husband, John, died in November, 2008, from prostate cancer aged 64.
They will be joined by friends who have also lost loved ones to cancer and have got off to a good start by collecting £600 outside Tesco in Alfreton over Christmas.
Karen, of High Street, said: “I will be chairman and we have a few people in line for members. But we are looking for more people and a secretary and a treasurer before the group is up and running. “We want to raise as much money as we can. We are very passionate about it - as long as we’re able we will raise money.”
Marjorie said: “We have always given to the charity and we have sold daffodils. Such a lot of people are affected by cancer.
“Instead of doing two-hour shifts we decided to get a little group together so we can cover a full day of collecting with ten or 12 volunteers.
“We would like to think of more fundraising activities - it’s such a good cause. And it really is run by fundraisers - every penny counts.
“Rosie has really helped from such a young age - ever since her granddad died.
“It really hits home. We have had quite a few family and friends lost to cancer. It happens at any age - not just to people in their sixties. But there are such a lot that do get better.”
Rosie, who is currently in Year 11 at Swanwick Hall School, is not old enough to collect cash, but is still eager to help.
She said: “Because my granddad died in 2008. It has inspired us to know that anyone can get it - and anyone can help. Anybody can get involved - there’s nothing to lose!”
In March, they will be collecting for the Great Daffodil Appeal and later in the year will organise a Blooming Great Tea Parties event.
Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity which was founded in 1948. It provides nursing care, free of charge, to terminally ill people, giving them the chance to choose to be cared for at home.
If you would like to get involved with the group call Karen on 01773 604831.