Cancer survivors pledge to give something back

The six Jolly Green Dragons - (L to R) Jane Mulhern, Sonia Lewis, Julie Parker, Debbie Rolfe, Susan Arthur and Linda Parker EMN-140110-154356001
The six Jolly Green Dragons - (L to R) Jane Mulhern, Sonia Lewis, Julie Parker, Debbie Rolfe, Susan Arthur and Linda Parker EMN-140110-154356001
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Six women have pooled their resources to use their “collective strength” to raise funds for a charity that supports people with cancer.

The Jolly Green Dragons are all women who have either had cancer or had family members who suffered from it.

Now the six friends from Bourne, Ryhall and Stamford are planning regular fund-raising events, including setting up stands at festivals - to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Jane Mulhern, from Bourne, who had breast cancer and has had chemotherapy and a mastectomy, has raised money for the charity in the past. She said: “We felt we could do a lot more as a group. We had a stand at the Burghley Aston Martin Day and will do the same at other events in the area as well as organising our own fund-raisers.”

Deborah Rolfe, 43, landlady at The Green Dragon, in Ryhall, said: “We have family who are going through a time when Macmillan are needed in their lives. We want to raise funds as a group for the charity so they can help other people who need them.”

Sonia Lewis, a former Major in the Royal Military Police, had breast cancer in 2011 and was treated first at Friarage Hospital, in Yorkshire, then Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge.

Sonia, 46, from Bourne, who retired from the Military this year and now works as manager at the Cancer Research Shop in Stamford, where she volunteered for a while, said: “We figured we would have collective strength as a group and could do a lot more, than we could as individuals.”

And Susan Arthur, 50, from Melbourne Road, Stamford, who has “lost family members to cancer” said the help provided by Macmillan Cancer Support was vital in their case and she wanted to do her bit to ensure the charity could do the same for other people.

New members are welcome either to join the group or to volunteer to help at fund-raising events.

In addition to smaller events, the Jolly Green Dragons plan to host two to three big events a year.

Their main fundraiser for 2014 will on October 11 when they host a 70s and 80s Experience party at the Bourne Corn Exchange.

The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15 and include food and entertainment.

Those attending are encouraged to come in 70s and 80s fancy dress.

Tickets can be purchased in Bourne from Crown Jewellers, in North Street, in Stamford from Stylistic Hair, in St Peter’s Hill, by calling Sonia Lewis on 07717 127973 or Jane Mulhern on 07840 705696.