Donna Ellwood of Penrith, Cumbria is raising money to help beat blood cancer and she has shared her story with us below.
Donna chose to fundraise for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, following her daughter Annie’s diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in March 2012. Donna, along with her family and friends, is currently planning a Pudding Afternoon taking place this April.
Donna said: “We are raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as our daughter, Annie, was diagnosed with ALL last year. It was devastating news and the following months passed by in a blur of hospital visits.
“We are now almost a year through her two year treatment plan and Annie is very much herself again. She attends Little Treasures Nursery at Morland when she is well enough and in January started ballet and tap lessons which she loves.”
The upcoming Pudding Afternoon is taking place on Sunday April 28 at Morland and Newby Village Hall from 1.30pm-5pm, with lots of puddings on offer, along with a raffle, ice cream and a bouncy castle.
Donna said: “We have been inundated with offers of a mouth-watering range of puddings, and local businesses have really shown their support and donated a fabulous range of raffle prizes.”
Donna has also recently launched The Great Sunflower Race in Penrith, with special packs of sunflower seeds being sold for £2. There are prizes up for grabs for those who have the three tallest sunflowers on 1st September 2013, with a top prize of £100. These special seeds are available through local schools and businesses in the area. If you live further afield and would like to take part, you can contact Donna through The Great Sunflower Race Facebook page.
Donna said: “Inspired by the Calendar Girls use of the Sunflower for the same charity, I thought that this would be a fun form of fundraising that children in particular could join in with. Annie loves pottering in the garden and it would be lovely to see sunflowers growing all around our local villages - we could all do with some sunshine!
“It will be fabulous to see sunflowers growing all around our local towns and villages. We very much hope that you will get involved in The Great Sunflower Race and help us in supporting a charity making real progress.”
If you are unable to take part, you can support Donna in her fundraising to beat blood cancers by visiting her JustGiving page.