A mother of four who lost two friends to cancer a couple of years ago has come up with a novel idea for raising money for McMillan Cancer Support – she offers members of a gymn where she works, refreshments on the premises, in exchange for a little donation.
Angella Callam, who works as a gymnasium instructor and supervisor for EasyGymn in north London fills up a strategically placed table inside the gymnasium with tea, coffee, biscuits, cakes and fruits to tempt members to replace their hard lost calories with a drink and a bite after a work out.
“Losing my two friends to cancer and becoming homeless for some time until end of August last year, were the two most shattering experiences in my life,” Angella says. “I think I became a more compassionate person as a result of that and decided that I simply had to get involved in helping people who are suffering from cancer by raising funds for McMillan Cancer Research.”
Angella says EasyGym management has been very supportive of her idea to raise donations within the premises. “I am hoping to raise at least £100 from our gymn members this week. Most of them are keen to help the McMillan Cancer Research when you explain the importance of the work the organisation is doing on cancer.”
According to experts, there are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.
A report on the McMillan Cancer Research website indicates that around 357,000 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2014. Furthermore, the charity says the number of people living with cancer in the UK increased by almost half a million people in the last five years, every year.
An estimated 2.5 million people are currently living with cancer in the UK, and the figure is expected to shoot up to 4 million by 2030.
The figures include all malignant neoplasms excluding non-melanoma skin cancer.
As an extension of her charity work, Angella is now planning to host a series of seminars, starting from October 27 in which she will talk about health life styles, diabetes, diet and the importance of exercise.
“Everyday I want to live my life purposefully and make a difference,” Angella says.