I begin this week’s column with what I believe to be the most important two words in the English vocabulary.
Two words that my Mum used virtually in every conversation – two words she insisted were used as often as was felt necessary.
I feel immensely proud and fortunate to be able to share this milestone publicly.
Those two words are “thank you”.
On behalf of our charity; on behalf of the hundreds and thousands of people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer in Northamptonshire in the past 13 years and on behalf of the medical professionals who have benefitted from our fundraising and have been able to offer an enhanced service, I would like to say a sincere and a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way to help raise a staggering £2m.
This, indeed, is a huge amount of money, the likes of which cannot be envisaged.
This is an announcement I would never have thought possible and it is a moment where I feel immensely proud and fortunate to be able to share this milestone publicly.
‘Thank you’ to the amazing and dedicated support team behind me, some of whom have been with Crazy Hats right from its birth, with special thanks to Marilyn, my best friend, who has stood by me all the way and has, herself, recently experienced the darker side of the disease.
Thank you to Dr Roy Mathew, our president, for his loyal support; thank you to my family; thank you to all our many sponsors and to all the wonderful, generous, people who have made donations through our walks and other organised events, and who have organised events of their own or have made donations for other reasons.
Every penny has been so gratefully received and support has been such that I know “together, we really are making a difference”.
Our work must go on...