Updated: Nov 23
An ‘ABBA Bubbles and Brunch Fundraiser’ event, organised by local community member, Alex Rea, in memory of her late auntie, recently took place in Carstairs Community. A total of £7285.00 was raised through donations and ticket sales, and divided equally between two charities – Breast Cancer Now, and local charity, The Haven.
A diagnosis of a life-limiting illness can be a traumatic and life-changing event, not just for the person living with the illness, but for their entire family.
Alex’s Auntie Anne, received support from The Haven throughout her diagnosis, however, sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.
She remembers her auntie as a kind, brave, beautiful woman who would light up every room. A true lover of life, and one in a million, who is deeply missed by many.
Alex, said: “The work The Haven does is absolutely amazing, and I know how much it means to those who use the service and their families. My auntie Anne loved coming to the Haven throughout her battle with breast cancer”.
The Haven provides practical and emotional support to complement medical treatment provided through the NHS - with the aim of alleviating physical and emotional distress by providing information and support at all stages of illness and by supporting clients and their families to live life positively with hope – facing the future together.
Alex was determined to organise an event that she knew her auntie would have loved, and to raise as much money as possible for worthwhile causes who help support those who need it most.
She added: “The support given to my Auntie by The Haven was truly amazing throughout her battle with cancer. I wanted to make Auntie Ann proud, and put on a fun-filled event that I know she would’ve loved”.
The fundraiser event was promoted online, and guests who purchased a ticket ahead of the event were treated to a range of entertainment, including: drinks on arrival, grazing boards and hot rolls; sing-alongs and dancing; sweetie carts; an ABBA tribute show from Chris Scougal Entertainment; and much more.
Guests were also invited to visit the ‘Voucher Flower Wall’ which, through the support and generosity of local businesses, everyone who attended had the opportunity of selecting a gift voucher from the beautifully decorated wall and included a range of give-aways which had all been kindly donated.
The Haven would like to say, “Thank You for the Music” to Alex, for her selfless and tremendous efforts in helping to continue to support the organisation. It’s thanks to people like Alex, that much needed services and support can continue to be provided to local communities.
If you would like to find out more about the support The Haven can offer, please call 01555 811846, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.thehavencentre.com.