Hitchin fundraisers’ Crafternoon tea in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support fundraisers Melissa Jeeves and Louisa Warner, from Hitchin. Picture: Louisa

Macmillan Cancer Support fundraisers Melissa Jeeves and Louisa Warner, from Hitchin. Picture: Louisa Warner - Credit: Archant

Two friends from Hitchin who have both lost their dads to cancer have embarked on a fundraising drive to help others affected by the cruel disease.

Louisa Warner and Melissa Jeeves are to hold a Crafternoon Tea during the February half term in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, whose nurses supported both of their families.

Louisa, who raises money for the charity every year, is also in training ahead of running the London Landmarks Half Marathon in March.

Melissa, 38, meanwhile, has signed up for the Royal Windsor Triathlon in June – despite having never done a race before.

The Crafternoon tea, boasting crafts, a raffle, food and more, will raise money towards the duo’s sponsorship for these events.

In addition to her late father, 36-year-old stay-at-home mum and chef Louisa has had several other family members battle cancer, including her mother.

She told the Comet: “My dad’s illness was the most stressful and upsetting time of my life. Macmillan nurses were there every step of the way, helping our family. I had never experienced the death of a close family member and they answered any questions, no matter how silly.”

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Melissa, who is a teacher, said: “The support Macmillan nurses provided during my father’s battle with cancer was invaluable. It’s very difficult having a close family member undergoing treatment for cancer – dealing with it emotionally and at the same time trying to gain enough understanding to make sense of what the doctors are telling you.

“It was one of the most stressful times of my life, but Macmillan helped ease that stress considerably.”

The Crafternoon Tea will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday, February 15, at the Westmill Community Centre off John Barker Place.

There will be stalls with crafts for adults and children, including a DIY sugar scrub bar, a raffle, and homemade cakes and scones. Hitchin businesses like The Herb Garden, Curly Sue Crafts, Sparkle Bow Boutique and vegetarian chef Martin Burke will also be there, with a percentage of their profits going to the charity.

If you’d like to sponsor Melissa or Louisa, see justgiving.com/melissajeeves or justgiving.com/louisawarnerlandmarks. For more about the Crafternoon tea, see tiny.cc/Crafternoontea.