Carla's community gets creative for cancer services

17 Jul 2018

To thank the Oncology department at St. Bartholomew's Hospital for their extraordinary care of her mum, Carla and her family and friends have been fundraising in some fun and imaginative ways. Together, they have raised over £4,500 so far.

Last summer, Carla's mother, Kerry, (pictured right, with Carla) was diagnosed with a rare adrenal gland cancer. Surgeons operated on her for 10 hours, a major operation carrying many uncertainties due to the positioning of the tumour. She was treated by Dr Akker at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where she was given a UK-first course of chemotherapy.

Carla says, "Every single member of staff at Barts have been fantastic … Not only medically but they have supported and listened to us during tough times."

To thank the staff for their care and attention, Carla, family and friends have been fundraising hard in quite a few surprising ways. Below are some of the creative ways they’ve been fundraising in the community:



Combining fitness and fun, Carla and her friend, Lesley, organised a colourful clubbercise session (complete with glow sticks!). The event, a fitness training session mixed with dance in a nightclub atmosphere, was a great way to bring friends and fitness fanatics together and fundraise for the cancer services that are helping Kerry so greatly.

A great night and some amazing prizes!

Carla organised a disco evening with a DJ and buffet. Many of her friends pitched in by donating incredible raffle prizes ranging from a signed David Beckham shirt and VIP U2 concert tickets, to a night's stay in luxury hotel, the Dorchester, with bonus spa treatments! An amazing night showing the generosity and kindness of Carla and her community.

Sweating for the cause

Not content with everything they'd raised so far, friends Lesley and Helen (pictured third-from-bottom) decided to enter the Hackney Half Marathon. This was their first time attempting any kind of long distance run, but they were determined to finish for Kerry. Lesley's husband, Clive, also competed in a 3 day, 324 mile cycling tournament. Lesley and their kids surprised him by turning up to cheer as he crossed the finish line (second-to-bottom).

Spend a penny, donate a penny

Lesley also organised fundraising with her employer, B&Q Hornchurch. They joined in the fun with a cheeky scheme encouraging customers to donate their loose change or, if they were feeling 'flush', maybe a note or two!


Carla and her friends and family have shown that fundraising is most successful when people are having fun. Their creativity and exceptional efforts prove what amazing things can be achieved when a community works together for a good cause. The funds raised will make a real difference to cancer patients at St Bartholomew’s in the future.

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