In memory of Ivor Abel
Cancer - a six letter word that no-one ever wants to hear. A word that turns peoples lives upside down and has devastating consequences. Nowadays most of us have all been affected by cancer in some way, whether its a relative, friend or someone you may know. Unfortunately my family knows the personal journey with cancer, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2013, at the time we knew he wasn’t well but never imagined that it would be the worst imaginable illness that is cancer. He endured months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy but sadly lost his battle on the 28th of March this year.
Throughout his battle he fought very hard and I’m so proud of him and how he dealt with everything, if you knew dad you would know how much he disliked hospitals and ending up having to spend so much time in them was challenging but he did it. All the staff at the NNUH were amazing and it was whilst he was there that we discovered the Big C. They offered a friendly place to visit to just have a chat and a cuppa whilst giving support and advice. Having been there myself I know personally how they have helped so many people who are struggling to come to terms with their diagnosis or families who are finding it hard to cope with all aspects of a loved one having cancer so it’s a very special charity and is the reason we decided to set up the Ivor Abel Lavender Fund. The idea that we could honour dad’s memory and bring hope to others who are going through the same thing that we did is a comforting feeling. The money raised goes to help paying for cancer fighting equipment, providing support and information and research into cancer so it is a fantastic cause.