A Caerphilly family has helped raise around £10,000 over the last 12 months in aid of charity Bloodwise.
Caerphilly resident Johanna Greenaway, 75, was diagnosed with Cronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia in 2009 and is currently having the medication Ibrutanib funded by the charity Bloodwise as part of a long-term study.
Together with friends and family she has helped raise thousands of pounds for the charity, which funds research into all blood cancers.
The latest fundraising event was a ‘Sparkling Tea Afternoon’ held earlier this year St Helen’s Community Hall, near Caerphilly Morgan’s Jones Park, with the help of volunteers, parishioners of St Helen’s, members of Caerphilly Floral Society, and Year 9 pupils from St Cenydd School. Cakes were made by Mrs Greenaway’s daughter Karen Ryder, who is head of Home Economics at St Cenydd.
More than 60 people attended the afternoon tea and Mrs Greenaway thanked local businesses and friends who made donations. She said: “All who attended had a very joyful time.”
Last year Mrs Greenaway’s son Ian and her son-in-law Andrew Ryder raised more than £7,000 for Bloodwise by taking part in the Cotswolds Way 100k hike.
This year Ian did the Jurassic Coast 100k challenge raising more than £2,000.
Bloodwise funds 40 centres carrying out more than 160 blood cancer research projects.