Sue Porter, 55, from Southchurch, was diagnosed in October 2014 with Peritoneal Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen. In November 2015 the family, including Sue’s two daughter’s Shelley, 29 and Lauren 27, and Sue’s four grandchildren Frankie 10, Jaiden, seven, Remi, five and Tommy, two, were told nothing more could be done and doctors gave Sue two to three weeks to live.
Since February 2016 Sue has attended Day Care at Havens Hospices adult hospice Fair Havens in Westcliff and the care Sue has received there has inspired her daughters, Shelley and Lauren, to fundraise for the charity.
On Sunday 31st July the sisters will take part in the charity’s Great Pier Swim, a 3.3km open water swim starting at Chalkwell Beach and finishing at Jubilee Beach, Southend, and are hoping to raise over £3,000 for the hospice.
Lauren said, “Mum really looks forward to her visits to Day Care. She’s made friends there and they do all sorts of activities, arts and crafts, receives treatments such as reflexology and generally have a good old natter! They also arrange days Mum can go to with a friend or family member, such as a recent spa day and a drink and canapé day, so she can spend some quality time with people she loves in a relaxed atmosphere.
“They offered for Mum to stay at the hospice for end of life care when she was given her prognosis in November, but thankfully she hasn’t needed that yet, but she knows it is available for her when she needs it. They are also in the process of getting her grandchildren support through their sibling support groups so that if the worst does ever come they have the support network in place to help them through. They have offered support for friends and family members too so they truly do care for the entire family, not just the patient.”
It is this care which has inspired their fundraising efforts, which includes a fundraising event at The Castle pub in Eastern Espladade following the swim.
Shelley adds, “We wanted to give a little something back to this amazing charity, so have decided to complete the Great Pier Swim at the end of July and raise as much money as we possibly can. Straight after the swim we are holding a fundraising event at The Castle pub along the seafront with music, face painting, a raffle and much more! Everyone is welcome to come along or donate any raffle prizes if they are unable to attend.
“We never thought a hospice would be something that would play a part in our lives. You never think it’s going to happen to you or your family but now it has we are truly thankful to Havens Hospices for everything they have done so far and will continue to do for us and most importantly, for our Mum.”
Registration for the Great Pier Swim closes on Friday 22nd July, to enter the event or for more information go to www.havenshospices.org.uk/events or call 01702 220324. To donate raffle prizes to Shelley and Lauren’s fundraising day contact Shelley on firstname.lastname@example.org.