TV Helen at Hellesdon Macmillan event

Just Regional
Sep 27, 2017 3 mins read

Television and radio presenter Helen McDermott will be dropping in to Hellesdon Hospital for a Macmillan coffee morning this Friday, September 29, from 10am-noon – and everyone is welcome.

The event, run by staff, service-users and volunteers, will include a Best Baker competition with a chance to taste entrants’ offerings and  vote for your favourite.

Helen will find coffee, cake, a friendly welcome and much more at the event, run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Recovery, Participation and Partnership team, which aims to raise money for the charity and awareness of mental health and the help available.

Helen said: “Both my parents had cancer and having the help of the amazing Macmillan nurses helped us get through the difficult times. I have supported the charity for many years and ran the London Marathon twice (although not on the same day) to raise over £6,000 for Macmillan. It will be a relief this time to have a coffee to help raise funds instead of pounding the streets!”

She added: “I have chosen to visit Hellesdon Hospital because I have a particular interest in mental health issues, having suffered from depression all my life. Mental health problems can affect any of us at any time. Help is available and hospitals like Hellesdon provide much-needed support.”

Other attractions at the event will include stress-ball making, origami, cake stalls, tombola, a raffle, guess-the-weight-of-the-cake and the NSFT Youth Council will be making waffles. Whitlingham Ward are baking cakes and also helping to run the event.

Along with ski sessions at Norfolk Snow Sports, other raffle prizes have been kindly donated by Gravity Trampoline Park, Fairhaven Water Gardens, Pleasure Beach, the Puppet Theatre, Teabags and Shoes, Middletons, Yarmouth Museum, King’s Lynn Museum, Ancient House Museum and the Assembly House.

There will also be stalls offering information about the Recovery College and its courses, PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service), support for carers and the Wellbeing service. The coffee morning has been arranged by the Recovery Team along with Whitlingham Ward, with Jessica Lyons, Recovery College administrator, and Tracey Jackson, Recovery College volunteer, being responsible for pulling the event together.

Jessica said: “We are hoping for it to be a fun morning. There’s lots going on and some great raffle prizes. We’re really grateful for all the support we’ve had for the event, Tracey and the team have been brilliant.”

Marcus Hayward, head of Recovery, Participation and Partnership, said: “In addition to raising money for Macmillan we have taken the opportunity to raise awareness of mental health. We know physical ill health and bereavement in families very much affects everyone’s mental wellbeing and so joining the two supports both initiatives.

“Money raised at the event will be given to the Macmillan Cancer Support Trust who provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support to those in need.”
Helen McDermott. Photo: BBC

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