“As a family we had, in common with many people, contributed to worthy causes. Deciding which organisation to support had often been somewhat random- each one has its own, often desperate, needs.
But sometimes you find that one particular cause comes to the fore through something you’d rather not have – a specific illness or condition requiring highly-specialised and expensive treatment. This situation can really concentrate the mind and spur one into greater efforts of fundraising.”
The treatment for this problem came as another shock to the system with the necessary consumption of a given quantity of water much greater than that which one might normally have – and worse, retained for a specific length of time, again much longer than normal. As if that weren’t bad enough you now have to walk, albeit not far, with an uncomfortably full bladder, climb onto the table beneath the science-fiction like LINAC machine which is going to ‘zap’ the invading cancer, AND keep still for the duration of that day’s treatment
Who would think that becoming involved with an organisation such as the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund could be fun, pleasurable and a way of gaining new friends – all through adversity! Initially some levity came about through a spontaneous ‘Radio(therapy)Club’ which sprang up among a group of regulars waiting together for their turn with the LINAC. Sharing experiences gave us something else to focus on – sometimes it was taking bets as to who might ‘give-in’ first, have to dash to the loo, then be told you had to ‘top-up’ and wait another 20 minutes. Jokes were not always helpful – laughing is a problem under these circumstances! It seems completely incongruous that ‘fun’ can come into cancer treatment, but light moments are needed to lift the spirits.
Fundraising is hard work, so where do the ‘fun’ and ‘pleasure’ come in? One cannot deny that it is a great pleasure listening to the excellent efforts of our town’s superb amateur orchestral musicians. The fun? That comes when trying to beat the orchestra to the end of the traditional hand-clapping/foot-stamping which accompanies the Sailor’s Hornpipe’ as the musical director, Peter Road-Knight whips the orchestra to a frenzy. We have almost beaten them; there’s always room for improvement! What more could you want with the enthusiastic waving of Union Jacks, singing ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Jerusalem’ at the top of your voice and a picnic and drink with family and friends – it’s terrific; I’ll leave marathon running to the experts!
Adopting the stance of an ostrich is no help to anyone. We need to look up, look forward and come up with new and different ideas for fun and entertainment to help part people from their hard-earned cash to help support the efforts of all the dedicated medics, scientists and others, whatever their roles, who work so hard in the battle to beat cancer.
In a paraphrase of the appointment letters which we receive from the Lingen Davies Centre, may I say a huge thank-you to – ‘Dr. Srihari and all the members of the team’ – for all the work you do and the support that you give.
And from all at Lingen Davies – ‘Thank you to Tom and Julie who have raised a staggering £7500 from their Proms in the Garden since 2016! Amazing’