November 2016: That awful moment when you know that your whole world is about to be shattered. That dreaded C word.
Mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and to be honest, it hit me for six. My amazing Mum has always been an absolute force to be reckoned with. She is full of life, full of personality, and at that moment it turned out, she was pretty full with stupid bloody cancer.
At only 50, my Mum was still young in my eyes (especially given that she was a super active Nanny to little T!) and yet here we were facing talks of chemo, hair loss, operations and radiotherapy. I genuinely couldn’t believe this was happening and inside was pleading that it wouldn’t be cancer affecting my family once again. But unfortunately, it wasn’t to be and in the way that only my incredible Mum could, she tackled it head on and jumped straight into treatment.
Fast forward to now, and thank God, we are at the end of that journey. But it’s been a tough road, no more so than for my Mum. Through all the heartache and pain that the last 18 months have provided my family with, there has been one place that I know my Mum has felt has been indispensable to her. Maggie’s Cheltenham is an incredible drop-in centre for people affected by cancer, be that because they have cancer themselves or someone close to them has. Mum would often go and just have a cup of tea and a chat, safe in the knowledge that someone would be there to listen to her and give her brilliant, professional advice. It has also continued to be a real source of solace for my Mum now all the treatment and hospital appointments have finished and I’m sure it will continue to be a place of great importance to her, and all that use its’ services.
But, Maggie’s is completely run on charitable donations and without support from the public there would have been no support for my Mum when she needed it most.
So with that in mind, I have signed up to throw myself out of a plane and plummet back down to Earth all in the name of charity! Yes that’s right, I’m all signed up for a charity Skydive!
Now selfishly this is something that I have actually always wanted to do (so it definitely fits into the ‘Year of Me’ brief!), but I have finally bitten the bullet and signed up to do it in the hope of raising some hard earned cash for Maggie’s Cheltenham! The jump is in May so I have a bit of time to prepare but in the meantime I am going to be trying to organise some fundraising to raise even more money in order to make sure that the wonderful service Maggie’s provides is around for a lot longer. Cancer really sucks but Maggie’s certainly helped make it better for my Mum, and I know for lots of other people too.
If you would like to donate to this amazing cause, or indeed sponsor me for my skydive, please get in touch or go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dannisbigskydive