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Meet Gillian.

Gillian is an active member of her local Sing with Us choir and Llandudno Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care group.

I’ve used nearly all of Tenovus Cancer Care’s services over the years! I’m a member of my local Sing with Us choir, I’ve had benefits advice and I’ve had emotional support. They’re such an amazing charity and have played a vital role in supporting me on my cancer journey.

I had an operation to remove bowel cancer in 2012. I didn’t need chemotherapy at that point but a follow-up colonoscopy found secondary tumours in my liver and peritoneal. I was told that my cancer was inoperable, incurable, and it would return after treatment. Until now my cancer has been contained but I still get anxious about when it’s going to come back.

It was such a worrying time for the family, and having to finish work caused a lot of heartache and anxiety. Tenovus Cancer Care’s Benefits Advisor was amazing. They helped me understand what I was entitled to, how to claim it, and continued to help me when I wanted to return to work. They made everything so easy.

I always feel better after choir rehearsal and it’s become a big part of my life. Singing is exhilarating, and our choir leader is brilliant. You don’t realise the power of singing until you start doing it yourself. When I have off-days or I’ve had a difficult hospital appointment it really lifts my spirits.

There was a time I was thinking I wouldn’t be able to see my son graduate or even my 60th Birthday, and I feel so lucky that I’ve been here to seen both. I celebrated by challenging myself to climb 60 Welsh peaks in my 60th Birthday year while raising money for Tenovus Cancer Care, finishing at the top of Snowdon just a few days before my 61st Birthday.

I’ve never been a climber and I don’t like heights so when I reached the top of each mountain I felt like I was on top of the world. My sister and some friends came along to support me but didn’t make it easy; they led me up the steepest paths, avoiding the nicer routes but I raised an amazing £2688!

I was shortlisted for the Inspiring Award at the Volunteer Awards in 2018 and was awarded the Bold Award in 2019. I don’t know if there’s anything particularly bold or inspiring about me but I’m so humbled by the nominations I’ve received. It’s a privilege that people think of me like that.

The charity has given me so much; I want to continue to give back and volunteer because I know the money I raise will help people like me to access the support they need. And in a lot of ways I still get support through the choir. I’m grateful to be here and I feel it’s important to make the most of every day. Don’t put things off if you’re well enough, do it now.

Gillian Morton

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