Thursday, October 2, 2008


My daughter Sarah is a lawyer, Head of Litigation at a District Council and a busy working mother with 2 young children, Emma aged 6 and Thomas, 3. Nevertheless Sarah somehow finds the time to do voluntary work for Emma's school and has just raised over £2,500 with 7 work colleagues for Cancer Research by doing a 24 hour Night Walk. Sarah is 4th from the left in the Team photograph above.

Sarah wanted to do this walk in memory of her aunt Vivien and a close friend Jean who both died of breast cancer at the end of 2007. I am so proud of Sarah, who sent me this email:

"It was a very moving day, especially the candle of hope ceremony, where over 400 candles were lit with special messages to loved ones. I wrote a message in memory of Vivien and Jean"

McMillan Cancer Support
Congratulations to Pat Johnstone for raising £1,500 at her annual McMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning in Wilstead village on 26 September - a fantastic result due to the tireless efforts of Pat and her team of supporters. Pat had her leg broken in several places in a car accident last year, resulting in several operations and her success in raising a lot of money yet again is due to her indomitable courage.

Bedfordshire County Council runs a joint partnership with MacMillan Cancer Support, called The MacMillan Welfar Rights Services. This partnership has just won a National Award, The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE)Annual Service for the best public-voluntary partnership in the country at an awards ceremony in Nottingham.

The partnership was set up in January 2007 and has helped 700 people across Bedfordshire.

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