Tracey Burke drove into an almost empty car park on an industrial estate near Caerphilly at the “crack of dawn” one dull and damp February morning this year.
She was there to view a tribute to her late mum, June, by special invitation of our Chief Executive, Judi Rhys.
As she parked up, with only her thoughts, Tracey felt anxious. Her beloved mum June had not long passed, and she was feeling emotional.
June, Cardiffian by birth, and her Irish-born husband John, were fundraising powerhouses for Tenovus, as the charity was known, back in the day.
They had dedicated their adult married lives to supporting the charity, even taking the risky move of re-mortgaging their family home with three young children to fund the cause.
June had grown up with Tenovus. Her father had been there at the start of the charity in 1943 and her mother’s volunteering spirit lives on in the fashion shows and buckets of our Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care (FoT) groups today.
June and John’s contributions to the charity were equally immense and impactful. Together, they Chaired, campaigned, and fundraised tirelessly for us.
Now, Tracey was parked up beside an artic lorry belonging to Tenovus Cancer Care. Looking like any other large lorry from the outside, it transforms into a warm and welcoming hospital-standard cancer treatment centre inside.
This was Mobile Support Unit (MSU) 3 where, in partnership, nurses deliver thousands of Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, and Lymphoedema treatments every year. It was also our chosen place to pay our tribute to June, her memory living on in the four healing walls.
Greeted by Judi and our team, Tracey took a deep breath, and stepped inside.