Janet steps up to run our Doncaster drop-in

Janet steps up to run our Doncaster drop-in

Mon 10 January

After tirelessly fundraising for YBTC for many years, Janet Graves has taken on a new voluntary role running one of our drop-in cafés.

Janet Graves sadly lost her husband Alastair to an aggressive brain tumour in 2013.

Ever since, Janet and her family and friends have taken on numerous challenges and activities to raise funds for YBTC.

Her children have climbed Kilimanjaro, skydived and completed the Great North Run, while Janet regularly organises popular charity balls, cricket days and New Year parties. She has already helped to raise over £30,000 for us to date.

She said she wanted to raise funds “not only to support research but also to provide practical help for those going through the same difficulties as we did – not just for the person with the brain tumour but for those around them caring and trying to keep going.”

This year, Janet will be helping out YBTC and the people we support in a new way.

Every last Friday of the month, she will be running our Drop-In Café for patients, carers and loved ones in the Doncaster and South Yorkshire area.

The Drop-In Café will give people affected by a brain tumour the chance to chat, ask questions, enjoy refreshments and meet others in a similar situation.

Sprotbrough Cricket Club has kindly offered us free use of their venue to help us run the monthly group.

Speaking about why she decided to run the drop-in, Janet said: “My family experienced the shock and devastation of losing my husband and father to our two children.

"Alastair suddenly was unable to continue working in the NHS when the grade 4 glioma became evident. I drove Alastair daily to Sheffield for medical interventions, but the emotional and practical support was not always there as we did not live close to the central services which were so precious and limited.

“It was an unreal experience even for us as NHS professionals. I was only too aware that not everyone is able to ask questions and know the ‘pathways’ and minefields that face you.

"I wanted to do something to ease that for others.

“I was so excited when I heard about the idea of the Drop-In Café because it gives an opportunity to meet up with others locally going through journeys of their own; it could provide a sound board, support network, advice; even just giving a reason to go out and socialise.

"I hope the groups evolve in a way that the members want them to and am very pleased that I can help.”

The Doncaster Drop-In Café will take place at Sprotbrough Cricket Club on the last Friday of the month from 1-3pm. You can come along at any time to enjoy a social chat with others.

We also have drop-ins in Leeds and Wakefield, as well as our Bradford Friends Get-together and regular Support Meetups.

For more information, go to yorksbtc.org.uk/drop-in-cafes

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