Louise’s delight at turnout to fundraising fun day

Louisa and Joe Cummings.
Louisa and Joe Cummings.

Mum-of-three Louise Cummings, who has terminal cancer, said she is delighted with the turnout to a fun day she has held to thank hospices which cared for her dad.

Mrs Cummings, of Garston Road, Corby, organised the fun day and barbecue at Cransley Sailing Club, Thorpe Malsor, which was held from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, August 3.

Proceeds from the event will go to Lakelands Hospice in Corby and Cransley Hospice, Kettering, and to the club.

Louise, 47, a community psychiatric nurse, is being supported by her husband Joe, a nurse in the intensive care unit at Kettering General Hospital, and their three children, Hannah, 21, Dominic, 18, and Joseph, 16.

On Wednesday, the family said goodbye to Louise’s dad Michael Roddy, at a funeral service at Kettering Crematorium. The retired policeman, who died of cancer, had just weeks to live when his daughter was also diagnosed with the disease.

Mrs Cummings said she was delighted with the turnout at the fun day today, believing that around 400 people attended throughout the day.

She added: “I’m hoping that the event will help raise awareness. My primary diagnosis is pancreatic cancer and I think more awareness needs to be raised about it.

“When, I was diagnosed It was discovered it had already spread to my lungs and lymph nodes. But I had no symptoms really, so it’s about encouraging people to go to regularly screenings, and just generally raise awareness.”

She said she would like to thank everybody at the sailing club, the musicians who performed at the event, and Kirsty Wood from the charity MIND, for all their help organising the fun day. She also thanked everyone for attending the event, and paid tribute to the staff on the Centenary ward at Kettering General Hospital - who have been treating her since her diagnosis.

She added: “It’s nice to raise money for some great causes. The hospices were fantastic with my dad, and they could also support me in the future.”

The fun day, which ran from midday until 5pm, included children’s games, boat trips, a barbecue, real ales and cream teas.

Mrs Cummings has also urged people to visit the MacMillan Cancer Support website, which is www.macmillan.org.uk, to learn more about the work they do, and to visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk to learn more about pancreatic cancer.