A Mighty effort – fundraisers do 26-mile hike for Macmillan
Sacha Cooke from Horley, along with her friend Shelley Bright, completed a 26-mile hike along the Thames Path on Sunday (27 September) to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support, after the official Mighty Hike was cancelled due to Covid. They did it in memory of Sacha’s mother-in-law Coreen Cooke, from South Nutfield, who passed away from ovarian cancer.
"Macmillan provided the normality my family needed at a really difficult time. The purpose of this walk was to say thank you and to support Macmillan services, so that people can continue to benefit from them. Although the event was cancelled this year, we carried on anyway. Cancer doesn't stop for Covid, so neither did we. Challenges like this remind you to keep fighting, regardless of the obstacles put in your way." – Sacha Cooke.
The two women have raised £650 to help support people with cancer, and thanks to match funding from their employers and ongoing fundraising, will at least double this amount.
Sacha said: “My husband Stu and his mum were so close. We made the most of the time we had with her and were by her bedside when she went. We all struggled, the way that you do with a loss, but for Stu, it consumed him. We tried medication, counselling through the GP and time off work, but nothing worked.
“After calling Macmillan, we discovered that they did a counselling hub at the mobile station at East Surrey hospital. Stu went and I don't think we would have come as far as we have without it. They knew what he was talking about, they could relate to him and they were just there.
“Things are still hard, even though she passed away two years ago. But Macmillan gave Stu the tools he needs to focus on each day as it comes.”
Sarah Coxhill, Macmillan Area Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re so proud of Sacha and Shelley for doing the Thames Path Mighty Hike for us despite everything - and raising urgent funds so we can continue being there for people with cancer. The cancellation of the big challenge events has resulted in a significant drop in our income, so we are very grateful for the effort they’ve put in to raise money for Macmillan.”
The Forget Me Nots Club in Smallfield.
The club is for referred dementia patients and their carers. We are purely a voluntary organisation and our funds are kindly and gratefully donated. Visit the Burstow Parish Council website for up-to-date contact info.
Just Springer Rescue
Just Springers Rescue is based in Horley. It was started in January 2008, and became a charity in 2010 with the aim to help and assist in rehoming Springer Spaniels to good approved homes.
Founded in February 2015, the Horley Foodbank responds to the needs of people in our community who are suffering from short-term crisis. Visit their website