Giving to a Cause

On 25th August this year I will be doing something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

My dad needed a MacMillan nurse to support him through his last few months.  I saw what an amazing help she was to mum at the most difficult time of her life, caring for a man who had been her companion for more than 60 years.  She was more than a nurse, she was a friend and mum had nothing but praise for her both during those months and after dad had gone.

On 25th August this year, I intend to give something back to this wonderful organisation.  I not only intend to raise as much money as I possibly can by holding a charity BBQ at my house for the local village, friends, and family.  But I am also going to shave my head for the cause.


For many people affected by cancer, Macmillan nurses are a valued and trusted source of expert information, advice and support – free of charge.

Nearly half of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes, which means the need for their work is set to increase dramatically. Thanks to loyal and committed supporters, over 98% of their income in 2013 came from voluntary donations and fundraising, so they make sure to use their money wisely.

Money goes towards funding and supporting a range of health and social care professionals, as well as improving the ways people are supported and the places they’re treated in.

  • towards Macmillan grants, benefits advice and financial guidance.
  • investing in up to date information and support services helps people make informed decisions about their care
  • they campaign for change and raise awareness about the realities of living with cancer
  • they make sure that people can find the emotional support they need and are able to get help with practical issues
  • they organise training opportunities for professionals, volunteers and people affected by cancer
  • they want everyone to feel supported, no matter who they are or where they live.

How can you make me feel even better about shaving my head?  Phone donateHow can you help support MacMillan Nurses Cancer Support?

One way is to text NESR62 £1 (or more if you feel you can) to 70070 or donate through my JustGiving page:



handlebar_moustache_glitter_black_gold_photosculpture-r147ac7ef9e3a40898691e4be1132282e_x7sai_8byvr_512We’ve all seen it – the bandwagon that is the Movember moustache!

Men all over the country have been growing their moustaches.  But do they really know why they are doing it or has it just become another fad?

There are lots of guys in our village growing moustaches in November.  Are any of them being sponsored? I’ve no idea.  Have their efforts raised awareness of the problems it was set up for? I doubt it.

So do you know what Movember is all about?

Did you know it was originally set up  in New Zealand and Australia to raise funds & awareness of men’s health issues?  It was not just set up to raise awareness, but to raise funds to fight problems facing all men, with the likes of Prostrate Cancer and depression.

I was over the moon when my son shaved off his fully grown beard & moustache at the end of October to commence a Movember fund raising moustache.  He set up a charity page online and started growing his ‘tache.  Imagine my disappointment when I looked at his page today, 28th November, to find there were only 3 donations, myself, my husband & my daughter!  He has 629 friends on Facebook. (And something really weird just happened (he phoned me as I was typing this!) Oh well, I digress.

Anyway, there is still a chance for you guys & girlies out there to donate to the Movember charity, and guys, make sure you and others know why you have grown that hairy lip feature!! It matters, more than a competition between friends on how thick a ‘tache they can grow!!


Oh and by the way here’s my son’s just giving page!

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