‘Thanks for the support’ – Sunderland cancer patient holds Macmillan coffee morning to thank charity

Jimmy Anderson, his son Oliver and wife Melanie (front) along with Lynne Smith, Katie and Sam Turnbull and Gavin Smith from Elm Tree Garden Centre and Tea Room are hosting a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Jimmy Anderson, his son Oliver and wife Melanie (front) along with Lynne Smith, Katie and Sam Turnbull and Gavin Smith from Elm Tree Garden Centre and Tea Room are hosting a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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A WEARSIDE mum is brewing up to say thank you to Macmillan after all the support they gave her during her cancer treatment.

Melanie Anderson was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, and finished her chemotherapy treatment at Sunderland Royal Hospital last week.

To say thank you for the superb help and advice she’s received at the hospital – where she also had surgery – the 43-year-old has planned a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Melanie, who is mum to eight-year-old Oliver and wife to Jimmy, said: “I’m just in awe of the Macmillan staff – they are so approachable at the hospital.

“They are all volunteers at the end of the day, and they are fantastic.

“They were so friendly to me, so buoyant and they gave me and my husband so much help in terms of emotional support and advice on money matters and all kinds of things.

“They offer lots of support if you need it, including therapies and massages and things like that.

“It’s not just for patients but their families too.”

She said: “The staff at the hospital were also wonderful – they always have time for your every tear, and keep you smiling through everything.”

Macmillan is a cancer charity which relies heavily on generous donations as they attempt to improve the lives of everyone living with the disease.

Melanie added: “Macmillan does an amazing job, enabling everyone affected by cancer not to face it alone. The more money we can raise to help them, the better.

“I hope lots of people come along and support us on the day.

“It is a fantastic cause.”

Melanie’s coffee morning will take place at Elm Tree Garden Centre and Tea Room, in Washington Road, Washington, on Friday, September 26 at 9.30am.