As a volunteer in the local community I have been fortunate to make some really good friends, one of which is Sue Cartwright. Sue, like myself volunteers for a variety of good causes and local charities. I am always intrigued to hear what motivates my fellow volunteers; Sue and her daughter Joanne’s story is inspiring and heartfelt and I feel honoured that they have allowed me to share their story with you, on why they choose to volunteer: ‘Jackie Beresford was a lovely and loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and auntie. She was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2010, and died on 22nd December 2011. She faced her illness with courage and fortitude.We, as a family are honouring her memory- Neil, her husband; Josie and Jamie, her children; Joanne and Sharon, her sisters; Hannah and Megan, her nieces and Sue, her mum. We are holding Jackie’s “Forget me Not” fun day to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. It will be held on Saturday 8th November from 1.30pm until 4.30pm at the Community Hall, Bridge Street, Belper, by the library. “Supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honouring the taken, and never ever giving up hope”.My sister Jackie was a natural mother and her family was everything to her. She was loving, loyal and caring with a wonderfully naughty sense of humour. One well placed comment would have us in fits of laughter. She was also brave, felt sorry for herself but for a brief time, and then held her head high and battled on. Jackie was determined to fight and determined to survive, not for herself as much for her children. She was a mum and took that responsibility very seriously. I will her hold in my heart forever as someone who was always there for me, supporting me through my bad times and helping me to smile. Brave and selfless, with the heart of a lioness. My beautiful sister, Jackie.Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research have been working to beat blood cancer for over 50 years and won’t stop until they do. Be a part of their story and help change the world. Every year they stop more people dying of blood cancer and their researchers are even working to stop people developing blood cancer in the first place. They improve the lives of patients with blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma because we believe everyone should be able to live their life to the full.’
I will be helping Sue and her family at the Forget me not fun day. Please come along and support us in this fantastic event.
If you would like to support, volunteer or make a donation. Please let me know through the Belper News Team on 01159 44 6180 or