BISPHAM mum Carla Lucas has something special planned for her 40th birthday in June.
The breast cancer survivor won’t just be having a party to celebrate with her nearest and dearest – she will use the occasion to raise money for the charities which helped her when she was ill.
Her party, being held at The Venue in Cleveleys, she says, is chance for her to say thank you to all her family and friends for their support, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2010.
She also hopes to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care and the Willow Foundation, which organises special events for seriously ill young adults age 16 to 40.
The mum-of-two hopes to put something back for the care and help she was given during her illness, which saw her undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Fourteen months on, the 39-year-old is now doing well and having six-monthly check-ups at the hospital.
Carla, who lives with husband David and daughters – Kate, seven and Abby, three – said: “I wanted to do something to mark my 40th but also something which would help put something back for the help and support I received.
“So I thought about having a 40th birthday party and inviting all my friends and family – so they will have a good time and I could say thank you to them for being there for me and also ask for donations, rather than gifts, for the charities and raise a bit of money for them.
“I’ve been given the restaurant at The Venue, for the night, which I am ever so grateful for.
“We’ll be having raffles and games to raise more funds.
“I am also trying to do a few other events in the run-up to it to boost the fund-raising, so we can tell people how much we have raised on the night.”
One of Carla’s friends is holding a coffee morning, to include an Easter egg hunt on April 7, with friends to raise money, and the brownie group Carla’s daughter attends is holding a coffee morning on May 12, 10am until noon, at Bispham Methodist Church, on Beaufort Avenue.
She is also planning a Zumbathon for a date yet to be announced, once she finds a suitable venue.
Carla, whose illness was discovered after she found a lump and went to her GP, said: “The treatment I received was excellent.
“It’s not a nice experience at all, but all the care, support and help you receive makes it that bit easier.
“Being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness came as such shocking news, but the experience along the way and the support I received was truly amazing.
“Of course, I would not want to repeat the treatment, but the kindness and generosity of others I would never want to forget.
“The Willow Foundation is not as well-known in general, but the charity organises special events for people aged 16 to 40 with serious illness.
“We were able to go to Alton Towers for a day with the girls and had a lovely time, they absolutely loved it. It was so nice to have something once I’d come through the treatment we could enjoy, to give us something to look forward to.
“I’ve been really busy organising the fund-raising events. It feels nice to be able to put something back.”
Anyone who can help Carla with donations of raffle prizes can email her firstname.lastname@example.org.
n For more information visit www.justgiving.com/carla-lucas0 for the Willow Foundation and www.justgiving.com/carla-lucas1 for breast cancer care.