A woman who helped raise £60,000 in memory of her daughter is back on the fund-raising trail after finding her family affected by cancer once more.
Ann Williams’s daughter, Julianne, died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma 40 years ago, aged 13, and a charity set up in her name raised tens of thousands of pounds for Northampton General Hospital (NGH).
Mrs Williams lost her husband, Roy, to cancer in February this year, and her daughter, Heidi, is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
So Mrs Williams, aged 72, of Lumbertubs Lane, Lumbertubs, Northampton, has decided to raise money for the chemotherapy department at NGH.
She is holding a garden fete at her home on Saturday, August 24, and a similar event held last month raised £1,400.
The chemotherapy unit needs to raise £80,000 for refurbishment, and it already has £50,000.
Mrs Williams has five adopted children, two of whom are disabled.
Her other daughter by birth, Heidi, aged 48, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2012 and is undergoing treatment at NGH.
Her husband, Roy, died, aged 76, in February, after a recurrence of oesophageal cancer. Mr Williams said he did not want flowers in his memory, so money was collected for NGH instead.
Mrs Williams said: “The reason I started doing this is Heidi is having a lot of chemotherapy.
“They are trying to refurbish the chemotherapy unit at NGH. The matron told me they have got to raise £80,000, they have got £50,000 and have committed to raising the final £30,000.
“I’ve been there with Heidi and you just sit in a big room. It is too public. Some people are on chemotherapy all day and they would like to have a sleep.
“In the haematology unit there are bays where people can have a sleep, there are curtains and walls and it is so much better. I just think that is desperately needed in the chemotherapy unit.
“People come from all over to Northampton, because the treatment is the best.”
The fete is at 52, Lumbertbubs Lane and has been organised in conjunction with Asda George at Brackmills. The supermarket is supporting the event through its Asda Foundation. It runs from 1pm to 5pm and there will be cakes, games and raffles. People can also use the swimming pool for a donation. Anyone wanting to book a stall can call Mrs Williams on Northampton 644614.