When Fiona Goldsby from Lincolnshire was told news that would turn her life upside down, she resolved to find strength and do everything she could to help others.
Six years ago, 43-year-old Fiona from Laugherton was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour. She underwent surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible, and went through intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.
Despite still living with the tumour and having regular checkups, Fiona has committed herself for the last six years to raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
She founded the Merry Macs of Lincoln after receiving support from a Macmillan nurse.
In the time she has been fundraising, she has raised a staggering £300,000.
Now, she’s planning to raise even more in support of a new Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, which is being built at Lincoln County Hospital.
Fiona was initially told the brain tumour was benign, and she would not require treatment, however a year later her arm began to twitch, and more tests showed she had an aggressive form of cancer.
Mum of one, Fiona, said: “I would encourage as many people as possible to do what they can to raise money for this vital new Support Centre. When I was told I had cancer, it turned my life upside down.
“If there is one thing I have learned throughout this – it is to live life as fully as you can.
“Cancer was isolating and terrifying, but my family, friends and Macmillan nurse got me through it. Having a brain tumour made me grateful for everything that I have – and to do what I can to help others get the help and support they need.”
She continued: “I am very passionate about this charity and it’s so inspiring to me to know every penny I am raising is helping someone near me, get the help and advice they need.”
This year, Fiona has grand plans to help support the new centre in Lincoln. Events include a Victorian Tea Party during Lincoln Fashion Week, various musical themed evenings across Lincoln and even a zip slide across the Tyne Bridge!
The new centre is part of the charity’s plans to improve the information and support people receive across Lincolnshire. Research suggests that one in five people living with cancer here are not receiving the information and advice they need.
Jamie Davenport, Macmillan Fundraising Manager in Lincolnshire, said: “Fiona is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Over the years Fiona and the Merry Macs have raised vital funds and awareness across the county. I know the new centre is a source of passion for her and she feels so strongly about people supporting it in any way they can.”
He continues, “Macmillan is almost entirely funded by donations, and we hope people like Fiona can inspire others to back the work we are doing in Lincolnshire – your support really will make a huge difference, whether it be organising an event, donating or giving your time.”
To support Macmillan in Lincolnshire contact local Fundraising Manager Jamie Davenport on 07595 091 384 or email [email protected] to get involved.