Friday, June 7th, 2019
This week we are supporting the Alzheimer’s Society and we hope that you will join us to raise money for this fantastic charity. Here at Alexander Hancock, we know the reality of supporting a loved one with this terrible disease and also the toll that it takes on the family and friends who are supporting a loved one through this difficult time, therefore we know the importance of raising vital funds in order to support this amazing charity in raising awareness, research into the disease and also provide help and support to the people who are living with the disease.
Dementia can affect people at any age. It is more common in people over 65 however there are currently around 42,000 people in the UK under 65 currently living with Dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. A person may have problems with memory, language or concentration. It may also lead to mood changes, emotions and behaviours. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms gradually get worse over time. Dementia can affect many different areas of your life and the people around you which is why it is so important to help support this charity and the wonderful work they do in order to help prevent, cure and support the people who are suffering today.
We are supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day by holding a Cupcake week. All week, we will have a host of treats available for you. All we ask in return is for a donation. All donations are extremely welcome and we will be incredibly grateful for your support. £50 could enable the charity be there for five people, for five hours of in depth support from our Helpline team at a time of crisis. £150 could pay for two people with dementia to attend Singing for the Brain® sessions for one year, where they and their carers can come together for an hour each week to sing and dance to music. £610 would pay for a Doctoral Training Centre to run for one day, helping up to eight PhD researchers to carry out ground breaking study in dementia research. Help us to help them.
Thank you for taking the time to help us support the Alzheimer’s Society.
In memory of Norman Rawlinson
Thursday, February 28th, 2019
A great big thank you to everyone who has supported us so far in helping to Paint Altrincham Pink this week. Here is why we are taking part.
PAINT ALTRINCHAM PINK
As Max Bygraves would have said, and for those too young to remember him.. Go Google!
“I want to tell you a story..”
It is 1990, the time when dinosaurs still walked the planet ie mobile phones were bricks, Sky was something blue above us, the Web was something spiders spun and it was also when my mum aged 47 went to the doctor with a small lump in her breast. The doctors and surgeons at The Christie Hospital were all amazing, told her it was breast cancer but so small that there was nothing to worry about, removed it and she underwent a fairly horrific course of chemotherapy. But as a family we were fairly chilled, calling her the ‘Cancer Bunny’.. after all, the doctors told us there was nothing to worry about, so we didn’t.. lymph nodes had only just been discovered as being an indicator of the cancer spreading but removal of them was not considered…fast forward 2 years and she was yellow, struggling to breathe and feeling basically shit.. The GP told her she was a hypochondriac and that she was fine.. she died 6 weeks later; secondary liver cancer which had not been picked up.
I was 26. 26 years of age and burying my mother, the light of my life, my absolute role model whom I looked up to for all of my life.
A short time after that, exploration into genes and cancer came to the fore and a small charity called Genesis (now Prevent Breast Cancer) was set up funding the research into whether or not genes could indicate a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. My sisters and I were asked to take part in a research study as to whether or not we had the genes that meant that we too would contract cancer at some point in our future. The results that came back said “ yes we had a gene but as yet they could not identify which gene it was or what it actually meant for us long term”..
Well what it meant was that both my sisters developed breast cancer, resulting in one having regular lumps removed and tested and the other having to have a double mastectomy and chemotherapy; she was 46 but thank God because of the amazing research and development in Cancer Research medicine she is fine; we pray a lot but she is fine.
Cancer is still the worst word in the world to hear.. you hear the word ‘cancer’ but what you really hear is ‘Death’ but thankfully, and particularly for us in Manchester, we have Prevent Breast Cancer and we have the Christie Hospital which is at the forefront of Cancer treatment in the whole world. We have available to us the possibility of having our daughters tested to see if they have a rogue gene, and if they do, preventative action can be taken.
This story is not unique. Pretty much every single one of us has been touched by Breast Cancer and that is why we are Painting Altrincham Pink, for all those who have suffered and lost the battle against this awful disease; for those who are still fighting, for those who have fought and won but most importantly of all for continuing the research to ensure our children do not have to even think about taking up that fight.
Thank you to all those who have popped in and bought a prize ticket from us, and to anyone else, knock on our door.. every donation is welcome and every ticket gets you a prize..