Brave Tina’s Macmillan fundraiser

Tina Taylor Secondery Cancer Campaigner'PA1147-15
Tina Taylor Secondery Cancer Campaigner'PA1147-15

CANCER victim Tina Taylor has organised her second fundraiser of the year for the Macmillan Secondary Breast Cancer support group she helped found.

Tina, 46, of Savage Road, Bridlington, set up the Scarborough-based group last year for all local secondary cancer sufferers.

She has now been told there is no cure for her secondary breast cancer.

“It is now terminal and I am being kept alive by chemotherapy which I have every three weeks at Scarborough hospital,” she said.

“I am hoping we can raise as much as the £500 we made at our fundraiser in March this year for the group.”

Together with Macmillan she set up the group which now meets every two months at Scarborough and is usually attended by around six terminally ill sufferers and a breast cancer nurse.

“It enables people to share their experiences and problems. We also have specialist speakers and visitors,” said Tina.

When Tina was first diagnosed she discovered there was a breast cancer support group for women with cancer who could be cured and go into remission.

“For those with secondary breast cancer there is no remission. We are terminally ill so I thought it would be a good idea to have a support group specially for them,” she said.

Last month Tina travelled to the Houses of Parliament in London to join others to lobby ministers and MPs about the possibility of the number of clinical breast care nurses being reduced.

“I am very fortunate there is a specialist clinical nurse at Bridlington, but there are only around 20 in the country,” she said.

Her fund raising event, put on with the help of members of the Weight Watchers’ group at Bridlington Emmanuel Church, is at the Community Resource Centre in Victoria Road between 10am and 12 noon on Friday December 9.

Admission is £1 and includes tea or coffee and a mince pie plus a free raffle ticket.

There is also a tombola and stalls.

“Several businesses in Bridlington have been very generous by donating prizes,” said Tina.

Money raised goes toward paying for room hire for the group’s meetings and to help fund specialist speakers and occasionally suppliers.

The group is open to any secondary breast cancer patients. Anyone interested in joining the group should speak to one of the breast care nurses at Scarborough Hospital.