A programme supporting the health and fitness rehabilitation of cancer survivors has been launched at the Somerdale Pavilion with a fabulous black tie charity ball on February 20th raising £1,729 for local cancer causes.
The fundraising was organised by local residents Tricia Connor, 54, and Jackie Paterson, 50, a urology nurse. Cancer is a personal subject for both women, as Tricia explained: “The reason we hold charity events is because I am a cancer survivor myself, and Jackie’s husband John – after a five-year struggle – sadly lost his battle in 2013.”
The Somerdale Pavilion is run by the health charity Aquaterra, who have been running a cancer survivorship programme in Bath since 2013. The charity has recently been chosen by Waitrose as one of their local Community Matters charities.
Tricia said: “We raised £1,729, of which £729 will go to Aquaterra’s Cancer Survivorship Programme, and £1000 will be used to buy things for William Budd Ward, the cancer ward at Royal United Hospitals, Bath.”
Penny Shrubb, Operations Director of Aquaterra said: “We are very grateful for this donation which will help us continue our role in supporting the local community. Aquaterra is proud to have helped hundreds of people who are undergoing or who have gone through cancer treatment at what can be a difficult and lonely time. I am very excited to see this work growing locally in Keynsham.”
Jackie and Tricia handed over their donation cheque in a small gathering at the Somerdale Pavilion on Tuesday March 2nd at 11.30am.
For more details on Somerdale Pavilion’s community and charity work, contact Alison Jordan at alison [dot] jordan [at] aquaterra.org