Ladies boost for cancer fight charity

Love Life Ladies pictured recently include Sarah Turnbull, Kate Rae, Linda Mcleod, Nicola Hope, Angela Matthews, Jayne Douglas (Sara, Jayne's daughter at bottom) Julie Hodgins, Lynne Stanger, Leona Richardson and Jan Wilson.
Love Life Ladies pictured recently include Sarah Turnbull, Kate Rae, Linda Mcleod, Nicola Hope, Angela Matthews, Jayne Douglas (Sara, Jayne's daughter at bottom) Julie Hodgins, Lynne Stanger, Leona Richardson and Jan Wilson.
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A big-hearted bunch of cancer fundraisers are celebrating their first year and a £8,000 boost to fight the disease.

Love Life Hawick was formed in September 2013, it has 13 committee members who all have their own experiences of cancer.

The group was started by Jan Wilson, who lost her father to cancer in October 2012.

This, coupled with the news that he best friend Sarah Turnbull was fighting stage 3 breast cancer, led to the formation of Sarah’s Angels.

The Angels raised around £4,500 by taking part in the Race for Life event and holding a coffee morning.

The group, were contacted by Cancer Research UK and speaking to the Hawick News this week, Jan Wilson said: “We decided to form a larger group, which we called Love Life Hawick, to work alongside Cancer Research UK. As a small community, it wasn’t difficult to find people willing to give up their time to be part of something that will, in time, make a difference in the fight against cancer.

“We have 13 ladies in our group, all of whom have been affected by cancer in some way. Three are battling breast cancer and were all under the age of 40 when diagnosed, another, Angela Matthews lost her one-year-old daughter Alex to cancer 7 years ago.”

Jan continued: “Since forming, we have gone on to hold a very successful Christmas craft fair and Race Night and to date have raised over £8,000. We continue to be humbled by the support and generosity of the local community. It’s all about giving something back and I would like to say a huge thank you to local businesses and members of the public who have supported us.”

The group, which has a Love Life Facebook page, is planning future fundraisers and hopes to have its own website. Jan added: “So, if anyone who has web design skills would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from them.”