Jane has been a member of the Rhiwbina Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care fundraising group since its inception and in 2016 she arranged and organised our first fashion show using clothes from local Tenovus Cancer Care shops.
“Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a very big shock. I was devastated at the time.
On May 6th 1997 I went for my first course of chemotherapy at Velindre hospital in Cardiff. I was weighed and had blood tests before seeing my oncologist and a Tenovus Cancer Care support nurse. I was so scared and apprehensive that I felt like running away but I got through it with the support of my family.
“It’s very hard to feel positive when you don’t know what to expect. I had my hair cut very short that morning ready for the cold cap which saved my hair from falling out. I cried while watching it get cut off.
The chemotherapy treatment lasted around half an hour but I needed to keep the cold cap on for two hours after. I wouldn’t have given up with it because saving my hair was so important to me. The previous two months had been the worst time in my life and another long and stressful day had ended in tears. I was angry and felt such strong sadness but there was a feeling that with the treatments beginning the only way was up.
“Over 20 years later and I’m really pleased and proud to be able to support Tenovus Cancer Care. I’m a member of the Cardiff North Sing with Us choir and a founding member of the Rhiwbina Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care group.
“There are eight of us in the group. We found there were lots of ideas that we could put into action to raise some well-deserved funds for the charity. I think we started with something as simple as a coffee morning which was a huge success and we had a lot of fun doing it. We’ve since had everything from coffee mornings to pantomimes. It makes me happy and keeps my mind active. It makes me feel alive.
“We’ve organised fashion shows since 2016 using clothes from Tenovus Cancer Care shops. I’ve taken the lead on that because it’s my forte and the others in the group organise the things that interest them. Everything slots together and we create a fabulous event which feels wonderful. With each fashion show raising over £3000, it feels like you’ve achieved something for yourself, the community and the charity.
“I retired just before Christmas 2018 and was asked to help with a new pop-up shop based at the Capitol Centre in Cardiff. The shop sells premium women’s wear at discount prices. I volunteer a couple of times a week and love all the artistic bits like dressing the mannequins. Tenovus Cancer Care has really given me the opportunity to develop my love of fashion. I never would have had the chance to do any of this while I was working.
“I really needed the support of Tenovus Cancer Care when I was going through my cancer treatment, for me and for my family. Cancer doesn’t just affect you, it affects everyone around you and it’s vital that we get support when we need it and help each other out. It’s wonderful Volunteering with Tenovus Cancer Care and being a part of a big community bonded by our experience. We’re all living and having a fantastic time.”
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