Surlingham garden party and head shave raises thousands for cancer charities
06:30 15 August 2013
A mother and daughter have raised thousands of pounds for two cancer charities following a garden party and head shave event at the weekend.
Valerie Ong, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in January 2012, staged a fundraising event at her home in Surlingham, near Norwich, on Sunday.
As part of the party, her daughter, Keri Patterson, 42, of Trowse, had her hair shaved off to generate more money for Cancer Research UK and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Mrs Ong, 68, a former receptionist on the oncology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, is currently undergoing a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to manage the blood and bone marrow cancer, which has no cure.
Her daughter, who works at City College Norwich, raised £940 by agreeing to have her head shaved to support the good causes.
In total, £2,475 was generated on Sunday with £475 going to the Teenage Cancer Trust and £2,000 will be sent to Cancer Research UK and directed under their umbrella of myeloma research.
Mrs Ong thanked all the volunteers and sponsors who helped her organise the event.
“I am being looked after by my excellent consultant and his team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, I have had five months of chemo, two operations and some radiotherapy and at the moment I’m holding my own.”
“Because of all this I decided to have a fundraising event at my home and Keri took me completely by surprise by saying she was going to have her hair shaved off at the event as she felt she hadn’t done enough for me, which is rubbish because she and my husband and son have been there for me every step of the way,” she said.
The party on Sunday included a bring and buy stall, tombola, raffle, cake stall, and masseuse Rosie Mathewson was performing head and neck massages for £5.