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Charity of the month – November

Last month Ethan’s Journey of Smiles was our chosen charity of the month and together with our customers, we raised £1,200 for Ethan’s fundraiser.

This month, we are supporting Wigtownshire Women And Cancer. The non-profit voluntary group aims to bring cancer services closer or more accessible to people in Wigtownshire.

Founded in November 2018, the group is run by it’s founding members Nicola Kelly and Penny Halliday, in conjunction with 7 other local women, all of whom have been affected by cancer.  Wigtownshire Women and Cancer is a non-profit voluntary group, whose aim it is to support as many people in our community as possible, not just women, but men and children too.  It provides this support both to individuals and families in a diverse way: such as raising awareness, bringing services closer to or more accessible in Wigtownshire, by providing Care Packages for those newly diagnosed and going through treatment for cancer.  The group also aims to be a ‘listening ear’ in the form of a ‘buddy’ system. Cancer survivors can provide such great support to those who have been newly diagnosed. We have also provided gifts to nominated people, such as panto tickets, pamper evenings and cupcakes to name a few.

Following a routine visit to the Doctors in 2017, Claire Downie was diagnosed with stage 2 Cervical Cancer. As expected, the unwelcome news brought immediate changes to Claire’s professional and personal life. A mother of 3, Claire was now faced with the gruelling schedule of numerous hospital visits and trying to understand how the changes would affect her life. Determined to minimise the upheaval in her life, Claire managed to continue with her role as a nursery nurse teacher at Park primary school, a role which she loves and has done for 15 years. Claire dedicates most of her time to her husband and 3 children and was delighted to welcome her 1-year-old grandson (Matthew) into the world last year, Claire loves nothing more than spending quality time with Matthew. It was Claire’s lifelong friendship with Nicola which opened the doors for Claire to become involved with the group for support when she needed it most. As a result, Claire joined the group in order to focus on the challenges required to make WWAC a stronger and prominent group within our community. 

We hope our donation will make a difference to the group and its important work.

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