‘Bloodwise’ Coffee Morning in Newtonhill

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A coffee morning will take place at Newtonhill Church Hall this Saturday, February 20, from 10am-12pm in aid of cancer charity Bloodwise.

Margaret Brooks, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in January 2014, organised the event to raise both funds and awareness for the charity.

Speaking to The Leader, Margaret explained how the organisation changed its name from ‘Leukaemia & Lymphoma’ in order to “embrace all blood cancer patients.”

She said: “After having a cold and a cough that wouldn’t go away for weeks and weeks and feeling very tired I went to the doctor and before I knew it I was in the hospital.

“A blood test confirmed very quickly that I had chronic myeloid leukaemia.

“I’ve taken part in two Walk With Paws sponsored walks around Hazelhead and raised over £6000 for the charity.

“They told me last week that I was the top fundraiser for the area, which was great to hear.

“Bloodwise itself actually put the money towards researching blood cancer - so at the end of the day I hope the money is being used to help people like myself and to discover new drugs.

“Ten years ago, they would have told you that you wouldn’t have survived this particular type of Cancer but now you’re given oral chemotherapy in the form of a pill that saves your life.

“Last year I decided that there is never much happening in January and February so I decided to organise the coffee morning.

“I’ve had tremendous help and support from my friends and family and people in the village.

“Everyone I know has been so helpful including my friend Morag Shank, who made the posters and the tickets for the coffee morning.

“I’ve got so many helpers that I just hope enough people will come to eat the cakes and drink the coffee.”

Tickets for the coffee morning are £4 for adults and 50p for children and there will be a variety of stalls in the hall on the day.