Dawn Gregory and her stilt-walking niece, Holly, have helped to raise £901.82 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The pair sold Marie Curie ‘daffodils’ (with other collectors) for the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal and were ably assisted by Dawn’s dog, ‘Captain’.
Seventeen-year-old Holly is an accomplished stilt-walker, who has participated in the Thames Festival, several Brighton Festivals and numerous local charity events. Her training was through Spiritus, which is part of Uckfield Community College.
“We have had three family members ill with cancer or tumours,” said Dawn, “so I decided, this year, to support Marie Curie. At Christmas, I raised over £200 outside Tesco and this time, Holly joined me, which was lovely of her. She bought some yellow and black trousers and wore them with her Marie Curie Cancer Care tabard.”
The charity’s professional nurses provide free, hands-on, care, to terminally ill people, in their own homes, and vital emotional support to loved ones. The service enables families to make the most of those precious final days together. Their work is also important, because surveys indicate that most of us would choose to die at home, surrounded by the people and things that we love.
Dawn has authored To Sea or Not to Sea (under the pen name of Alana Cowell), which also promotes Marie Curie Cancer Care. Her book has become very popular and is available through Amazon (paperback and Kindle).
Captain is an eight month old yellow Labrador, who sails with Dawn and her husband, on their yacht.