Hadleigh town councillor with cancer set to host tea party for benefit of Brain Tumour Research campaign
A councillor and mother-of-three from Suffolk, who has been dealing with a brain tumour for 10 years, hopes to raise awareness for the nationwide battle against the cancer, as she prepares for her first charity fundraiser this weekend.
Angela Gregg, 53, of Millers Close in Hadleigh, will host an afternoon tea party at the town’s Guildroom and Gardens on Sunday, between 1pm and 5.30pm, in support of the annual Do Lunch campaign run by Brain Tumour Research.
She was inspired to join the national campaign by her own experience, after undergoing radiotherapy for a meningioma brain tumour, which was diagnosed in 2009.
Having also struggled with chronic psoriasis arthritis and Addison’s disease, she subsequently suffered blood clots in the major veins of her brain last December.
Angela, who was elected to Hadleigh Town Council in May, told the Free Press she also recently took over the running of the Hadleigh Foodbank, and stated these endeavours all aim to help those with issues that often go unnoticed.
“There are lots of people in need, and people with invisible problems and anxieties,” she said.
“My illnesses are all invisible, so people look at me and think I just look normal. There is a real stigma associated with disabilities that are not obvious.
“I gave up full-time work last year because of the pain, but I’m not one to sit around and do nothing. I like arranging events, so I joined the council specifically to raise money.
“The more who people come along, the better. At the end of the day, this is about raising awareness of the condition.”
Angela, who has three children – Hollie, 22, Connor, 19, and Ellie, 14 – and two grandchildren – two-year-old twins Daisy and Lily – explained that just 1 per cent of cancer research spending goes on brain tumours, and she wants to raise as much as possible to help the search for a cure.
The event will include an afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, tea or coffee and prosecco, plus a raffle with at least 25 prizes, and live jazz music by the Alfie Buckley quartet.
Paula Rastrick, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research, added: “We are very grateful to Angela for holding this wonderful-sounding tea party and wish her every success.”
Entry will be £20 for adults, £5 for children aged five to 12, and free for under-fives. To book an advance ticket, call 07985 460158.