Dave first came to Maggie’s when he was diagnosed with cancer, after hearing about the services provided by some of his friends. He particularly enjoys our Tai Chi class which he attends every week, and has recently signed up to our Mindfulness course. Dave’s family have also benefited from visiting Maggie’s, including his wife Rita, his son Ian and his grandchildren.
My family has been made welcome. For me being with people with a shared problem, as well as professionals who can support emotionally is really helpful.
Dave’s son Ian has particularly noticed the benefit that his Dad gets out of visiting Maggie’s and has also benefitted himself.
Maggie’s is certainly a place my father looks forward to vising after his treatments at the hospital and he regularly drops in for one of the classes. I have seen the positive effects my father’s visits to Maggie’s have on his well being, and they have helped him to cope and to adjust to life with cancer. When I have visited the centre I have always found it a welcoming place to go and visit. I am comforted knowing that I too am able to visit the centre to talk with people about my father’s illness and any worries or concerns I may have.
After experiencing the services offered at Maggie’s, Ian decided he wanted to give something back by taking on Survival of the Fittest, a 10km water obstacle course.
I thought fundraising would be great way to show my support for my father through his current cancer treatment. I had already entered the ‘Survival of the Fittest’ Race and though this would be a great way to give back to Maggie’s for the support they had given so far. It also gave me a focus for completing the event.
To raise funds, Ian set up a JustGiving page, which he frequently shared on social media to get sponsorship from his friends and family. He also received support from Paviors Rugby Club, which both he and Dave been involved with as coaches for a number of years. On match days, Ian and Dave would fundraise in the Rugby Club by doing raffles and auctions, and collecting donations from spectators and players.
Dave really enjoyed helping his son with his fundraising.
I wanted to help Ian fundraise to give me a distraction and to do something for someone else.
Ian raised an incredible total of £2,358.94 for Maggie’s Nottingham, thanks to the help and support of his loved ones. Dave and Ian told us how much they appreciated the help of our fundraising team.
Maggie’s were very supportive with the fundraising materials, posters, collection boxes and buckets and gave T‐Shirts to run in.
Maggie’s will give full support and guidance to anyone who fundraises for the centre.
Ian also gave us his top fundraising tips to help anyone who is planning to fundraise for Maggie’s:
My tips for fundraising would be to find an activity with a challenge if your aim is to raise money through being sponsored. Baking and selling crafts are great ways too. It helps to use a fundraising website and ask a few friends to get you started by making generous donations before you then share your fundraising site through various social media websites. By doing this first other people are more likely to contribute.
Our fundraising team would love to support you with your fundraising. Please just come in to the centre to have a chat, or call us on 0115 924 6211.