Amanda Black, on cancer, life, and pink wigs!

Here at Big C we recently received a cheque through the post for a wonderful £1,065 from a supporter all the way over in Derbyshire after she held a cuppa morning at her home, to raise money for the charity.

Now we wanted to look into this a little more! As a Norfolk cancer charity, our base of supporters and fundraisers, as you have probably guessed, live in the Norfolk or Waveney area. So to receive some funds through from Derbyshire was just a little bit special.

Helen, from Derbyshire, organised the cuppa morning to raise money for Big C as her daughter Amanda is currently having cancer treatment and has been finding support through the Norwich Big C Centre.

Over the last few months, Amanda has been blogging about her life, experiences, cancer treatments, ups downs, and pink wigs!

“The initial intent of the Blog was to keep my friends & family updated on my progress but I am now aware that other people have also benefitted from it as fellow patients or family and friends of patients … cancer is a completely unique experience for every individual involved and hearing other people’s stories can help some people to deal with their own experience …”

“… Personally, I don’t believe there is any way that having cancer can be a totally positive experience however, there are positives to be taken from it and it is important that we take the time to acknowledge that. The team at the Norwich Big C Centre at the NNUH are amazing. They welcome every individual who walks through the door and instantly make you feel at home. They quickly assess what you are looking for on that particular visit and if it’s simply somewhere to sit and be quiet, that’s what you get, if it’s a coffee and a chat, you are equally welcome to that. What I also love is the care and respect that is given to the ‘carers’ (although I think we need to think of an alternative term for the significant others … I’m working on it!), it is those closest to me that have been most affected by my diagnosis and the fact that they are also supported by the Big C is awesome. So far, we have also benefited from the complimentary therapies, the Look Good Feel Better workshop and the headwear workshop as well as the library of information and I know there is plenty more to come!”

You can read Amanda’s blog over at:

We’d like to say a big thank you first of all to Helen, for holding a cuppa morning for Big C and raising such a fantastic amount (and to the friends, family and community who supported the event!)

Secondly we thank Amanda for allowing us to share her blog, personal stories, and photographs, to you our Big C community.

If you or your loved ones have been affected by cancer, you can find out more about cancer support in Norfolk by visiting our website: