An inspirational advice leaflet written by a cancer patient before she died will reach nearly 8,000 cancer patients thanks to a charity golf day organised by Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.
Megan Fletcher, 21, died after a short battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010.
Before she passed away, the Plymouth University student penned empowering words of advice to people going through the same experience as herself, urging them to remain positive and retain their sense of identity while undergoing treatment.
Megan’s words were later used by her proud mum Fiona, of Wern in Bersham, in a leaflet called the My Name Is Not Cancer (MNINC) Publication.
The publication has already been distributed to thousands of patients in hospitals and GP surgeries across the North West, including to parts of the Middle East, Europe, the USA and New Zealand.
Now, thanks to our golf day the MNINC Publication is set to have an even broader impact.
The event attracted 30 companies from across the North West to Sutton Weaver golf course in Cheshire last month, providing an ideal networking opportunity for local businesses.
During the event, a raffle was held raising £140 for MNINC.
Robert Ellis, our Principal Accountant at Ellis & Co, topped up the amount raised with a £250 cheque and Barclays Bank match funded both donations bringing the grand total to £780.
With each leaflet costing 10p each, the fundraiser will make a massive difference, helping to distribute 7800 to health organisations.
Delighted Fiona said: “We are thrilled that Ellis & Co and Barclays have collaborated in this way to support our organisation.
“We are continuing to support and empower thousands of patients as they go through their journey with cancer and donations like this really do make a tremendous difference. We help people to sustain positivity in what appears to be a hopeless situation by focusing on the MNINC motto: You stand out…your illness doesn’t!”
Fiona runs the MNINC organisation from her Wrexham home and the not for profit organisation has an active online presence on social media, as well as being available at www.mynameisnotcancer.com.
Robert said, “We are very keen to support MNINC in as many ways as we can as Megan’s story is so inspirational and incredibly moving that it’s important that we all do our bit to help.
“We all know someone touched by cancer and Megan’s message of hope and positivity is so vital in giving families the strength and empowerment they need during such a difficult time.”
Philip Cawley, Barclays Business Manager, added: “As soon as we heard about MNINC through Ellis & Co we wanted to do our bit to support such a fantastic cause. We are really pleased that our donation will help keep Megan’s messages of hope alive through the publication of thousands more leaflets.”
The MNINC Publication is available in centres across the UK. The organisation is focused on making it available at ClatterbridgeHospital in Wirral, which treats patients from across Chester, North Wales and the Wirral, The Christie in Manchester, The Royal Marsden in London, the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow and the Bristol Royal Infirmary.