Virtual tennis fundraiser ‘serves’ up an astonishing £2000 in memory of dear friend Mary

Maggie’s Merseyside is supporting people living with cancer through the Covid-19 emergency by phone, email or through their online community.

The Maggie’s centre, built in the grounds of Clatterbridge Health Park is continuing to provide free practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, as well as family and friends, at what is an incredibly difficult time. Bringing groups and courses together virtually.

Supporters are going to all lengths to help ensure the support Maggie’s vital services can continue, people like Debbie Jones, who after holding a virtual tennis tournament in memory of a dear friend, raised an incredible £1,739.89 for Maggie’s– with donations still coming in.

Debbie and Mary became friends through Mary’s husband Brian, as the trio all worked for The Wirral University Teaching Hospital. After Mary was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer back in 2016 her and husband Brian were advised to call over to Maggie’s to get some much-needed support. Brian said ‘Maggie’s provided amazing support to not only Mary but to the entire family. We needed emotional support, but we also needed practical support too, such as benefits advice and information surrounding treatment. Maggie’s was such a dear place to Mary and every time we would come for treatment we would be sure to pop in to the centre, whether it be for a cuppa and a biccie or for Mary to attend one of the very many courses, such as the Look Good Feel Better session which Mary thoroughly enjoyed. It wasn’t hard to get a smile on Mary’s face but every time we left Maggie’s she would be smiling from ear to ear.’

All at The Wirral University Teaching Hospital had heard such positive things about Maggie’s and after the passing of Mary and they wanted to do something in her memory. Debbie said, ‘Mary and I were such good friends and she spoke so, so highly of Maggie’s. At Mary’s funeral service Mary had requested that all funds raised went to Maggie’s and after raising over £800 we thought it would be a good idea to hold a charity fundraiser. As Chair of Prenton Lawn Tennis Club, each year we organise a winter tournament, this year we decided to do it for charity, our chosen charity being one extremely close to Mary’s heart, Maggie’s Merseyside. We were charging a tournament entry fee and this fee went directly to Maggie’s through our Just Giving Page. After the tournament we had a big celebration planned with the hope of raising £500 for Maggie’s but due to the current Covid-19 situation I had to cancel the event. After all the hard work, was really upsetting. A couple of days before the event I decided that nothing was going to stop me in raising awareness for such a great cause and leaving a lasting legacy for my friend, so I decided to hold the event virtually.’

Debbie was on a mission to hit her target of £500 and having woken up at 6am to get the ball rolling with her virtual fundraiser, Debbie had already hit £600 by 11am. Debbie was updating followers on her social media and encouraging people to donate what they would have potentially spent on the evening and after a day of lighting up social media, sharing the just giving link and ringing round friends and family Debbie managed to raise an incredible £2,094.89.
Debbie wanted to thank everyone involved with the virtual fundraiser and is hoping that her triumph can encourage others to take part in virtual fundraising events to ensure the support that Maggie’s is still providing throughout the crisis can continue. ‘It is important to raise as much awareness as we possibly can, even more so at this difficult time. Maggie’s are still supporting people affected by cancer and I am proud to say that thanks to the Pharmacy Team and the Team at Prenton Lawn Tennis club we were able to raise an amazing amount in memory of an incredible woman.’

Maggie’s Merseyside Centre Head Kathy wright said: “We understand how disheartening it can be when a supporter has to postpone an event, especially during these unprecedented times when people need a lift. But thanks to supporters like Debbie, we’re here now providing invaluable support to those that need us most. We’d love to see more people get involved with online quizzes, treadmill walks or dance-a-thons.”

Maggie’s Merseyside relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to be able to offer this high quality, professional support. For vitually fundraising ideas visit https://www.maggies.org/get-involved/do-your-own-fundraising/virtual-fundraising/
You can donate via https://justgiving.com/campaign/maggiesmerseyside

To find out more about Maggie’s Merseyside please get in touch on 01513344301 Liverpool@maggiescentres.org

To make a donation to Debbie’s virtual fundraiser in memory of her friend you can donate via 
http://www.justgiving.com/debra-jones13