A Sheffield florist fighting cancer is among hundreds of people across the city hosting coffee mornings this week to raise funds to help others with the condition.
Lucy Ashton, who owns The Dandelion Clock in Fulwood, is organising a ‘Coffee, Cake and Chemo Morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
“Obviously the chemo is optional,” joked Lucy, who is holding the event at her shop on Brooklands Avenue tomorrow (Friday).
“I wanted to host a coffee morning and also give women who’ve either fought or are currently kicking the hell out of cancer the chance to come and chat with other people going through the same thing.”
Lucy, aged 43, was diagosed with stage 1 breast cancer in May and underwent a partial mastectomy over the summer. She is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for her triple negative form of cancer, which means her body is less receptive to alternative treatments, such as hormone therapy.
“When I found the lump, I was convinced it was going to be a cyst,” said Lucy. “It’s been tough but I’m determined to beat this thing.”
And Lucy is expecting quite a turnout, with Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg promising to stop by.
“It’s about more than just drinking tea and raising funds for a fantastic cause - I want it to be a celebration of strong women,” she added. Lucy is also making plans for a charity calendar and has brought together local businesses to hold the first Fulwood Village Festive Fair in December.