Show you have a heart – and help charity effort

Skills: Angie Davidson
Skills: Angie Davidson

A Garstang woman who has given hours of her free time to help the Rosemere Cancer Foundation over the past 12 months is now appealing for more people to do the same as the charity launches its Valentine’s Appeal.

Angie Davidson, 45, who has worked in advertising for most of her professional life, decided she could use her commercial skills to help others.

With many of her friends and family being touched by cancer, she decided the Rosemere Cancer Foundation would be a good charity for her to support and so she got in touch and offered her services.

She said: “Rosemere supports local cancer patients and provides additional services that are not funded by the NHS, making people’s treatment more accessible or providing additional equipment to help treat and diagnose different types of cancer.

“I know local people who it has helped and so I was keen to work with them.”

Angie was soon set to work helping the charity to gear up for its annual Valentine’s Appeal and the Valentine’s concert.

The Valentine’s Appeal, now in its third year, is a month-long campaign which aims to raise £30,000 of vital funds for additional facilities and equipment to help cancer patients across the region.

The highlight of the campaign is the Valentine’s Concert by Candlelight to be held on Friday, February 15, within the striking surroundings of Blackburn Cathedral.

This year rising star Camilla Kerslake will headline the show. Paul Greenhalgh, of Blackburn School of Music, The Swing Band from St Christopher’s CE High School, Accrington, and The Choristers, from Blackburn Cathedral, will support her.

“I was tasked with helping to find sponsors for the concert, using my local connections and sales experiences to attract funding,” said Angie.

“Knocking on doors for such a worthwhile cause was a pleasure and I gained a real sense of achievement when I managed to get local support.”

Now she is targeting businesses and people in Garstang and the surrounding area, selling concert tickets, giving out flyers and putting up posters. “Volunteering doesn’t need to take up a lot of your time, it can simply be telling your work colleagues about the campaign, handing out a few flyers, or perhaps putting up a poster in your local shop,” said Angie.

Laura Stephenson, area fund raising co-ordinator for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “Angie is a great example of someone who is using their skills to help us spread the word about Rosemere.

“We need volunteers with all different types of skills and you don’t have to give a lot of time – it could just be telling your friends and family about our events and encouraging them to come along.

“Every little bit of help will allow us to make a real difference to cancer patients in the region.”

For more information about Rosemere’s Valentine’s Appeal or find out how you can help the foundation visit www.rosemere.org.uk/valentines or call Laura Stephenson on 01772 523598.