Drop-in Cancer Support Centre receives large donation raised for terminally-ill woman

Georgina Moseley and the fundraising committee. Back row, from left, Colin Pinfield,  Glester Clark, Faz and Damian Tommy. Front row, from left, Kerry Farrelly, Georgina Moseley and Stacey Tommy

Georgina Moseley and the fundraising committee. Back row, from left, Colin Pinfield,  Glester Clark, Faz and Damian Tommy. Front row, from left, Kerry Farrelly, Georgina Moseley and Stacey Tommy

Money raised for a treatment for a terminally-ill Sheldon woman has been donated to the Birmingham Drop-in Cancer Support Centre, after she was told the proposed treatment would no longer be a benefit.

Clare Checkley was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. In September 2013 she showed a positive response to a trial drug, prompting her friends Kerry Farrelly, Stacey Tommy, Faz, Damian Tommy, Colin Pinfield, Grant Wood, Shirley Checkley and Glester Clark to set up a fundraising committee and trustee board.

A host of fundraising events were held, using the Crane Hungry Horse pub in Sheldon as the base, including a head shave, ice bucket challenges, a men’s waxing night, a Christmas fancy dress pub crawl and more.

With additional donations from local businesses and one anonymous donation of £3,000, the fundraising drive soon flew past the £10,000 mark.

A portion of the money was used to landscape Clare’s large garden at her home so she and her children could have a space to relax in and enjoy, with the remainder being held for cold microwave treatment.

Unfortunately, due to her nodules becoming too complex for this or any other treatment, Clare was told this would no longer be of benefit to her and so the trustees came together to decide what to do with the remaining money.

The cancer support centre was chosen as the beneficiary and on Saturday September 19, Georgina Moseley, founder of the Help Harry Help Others charity that part-funded the centre, attended the Crane Hungry Horse to collect a cheque for £14,253.

Kerry Farrelly, a member of the trustee board and close friend of Clare, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Sheldon and Yardley for their support, encouragement and kind donations.

“There are also a number of local businesses we would like to thank who have supported us along the way, not just donating money but also their time. It has been a real community effort.”

Kerry and the trustee board made special mention of the Crane Hungry Horse, Sedgemere Social Club in Yardley, Tracey Reilly, Natasha and the team at Fitness First in Solihull, H at BSF Building Services, Barry at Sheldon Tool Hire, Paddy Digger at Way Services, Michael Jones at Go Waste UK, Janet and Hannah at Oasis Printers, David Fields Photographers and TGS Gardening and Landscaping.