In 2017, my grandad was diagnosed with My Grandad was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer. I come from a large family, so it was a huge shock to us all – especially as he was given a poor prognosis. We expected that Christmas 2017 would be the last one we’d share together.
Before then, my Grandad had never really been ill, but we all came together and took it in turns to go with him to Clatterbridge where he underwent 10 palliative radiotherapy sessions. The support that the Clatterbridge staff gave him was amazing, every member of staff was lovely and my Grandad spoke very highly of them.
As a family, we all feel that Clatterbridge is an incredibly special place and we are forever indebted to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. The staff gave us more time together, including an extra Christmas together. Whilst he was still with us, we held a fundraising day as a family, and although Grandad passed away in 2019 I wanted to continue to support the Charity to say thank you for everything they did for us as a family. My boyfriend and I have also completed the Liverpool Nightrider and this was a way for me to channel my grief and do some good for others.
This year has been tough on everyone, including charities. I am supporting the Fairy Appeal this year and I encourage others to please donate. All donations add up and they have such a huge impact on the work that The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre can do. Your donations can literally save lives, and that is more important than anything.