PLANETS Cancer Charity - Charity of the year
PLANETS Cancer Charity aims to help patients with pancreatic, liver, colorectal, esophageal, stomach and neuroendocrine cancer (NET) by funding patient support groups, innovative treatments and research. Originally starting due to a lack of a multidisciplinary approach applied to NET disease (this is the umbrella term for a group of relatively uncommon cancers), PLANETS is dedicated to helping those within the regional population extending from Lyme Regis to Bognor Regis. The charity offers specialist cancer services to approximately 4 million people across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands and West Sussex.
eLearning For You chose PLANETS as our charity of the year because of a friendship with Joanne Green, who now works for the charity. Jo went undiagnosed with NET cancer for around 15 years, where she was told she had IBS and she was too young, fit and healthy for her symptoms to be anything else. In 2011, Jo was diagnosed with NET cancer, where she then had to have 8 hours of surgery to remove 100% of her visible tumours. Jo had her second major NET surgery back in January of this year, 6 years on, to debulk the NET tumours – we are pleased to say that Jo is now back to her usual routine after a steady recovery. Jo works for PLANETS and as a patient herself, she has raised an incredible amount of money so far towards the research and treatment of pancreatic, liver and neuroendocrine tumours (NET). In reality, Jo lives with cancer everyday, but with the support of the charity and the incredible doctors and nurses, she is happy and fighting fit.
Here at eLearning For You, our Charity Committee are always finding new and fun ways for us to get involved and fundraise for PLANETS. We have had several fundraising events this, for example, to celebrate National Chocolate Day, the Royal Wedding and Valentine’s Day too. However, did you know World Photo Day took place on August 19th? To celebrate, we are holding a photography competition for our team. All of the funds raised from entries will be collected and donated to the charity, with our winner announced on Friday 24th August! Keep your eyes peeled for our announcement on social media.
The Charity Committee have also decided to get involved with the Macmillan Coffee Morning on September 28th, another exciting event that we are all very much looking forward to. Although we will not be running this for our chosen charity, Macmillan is a charity close to the hearts of some of our staff members. Now, you may know that we love a bit of friendly competition at eLearning For You, so we are really looking forward to running ‘place the cherry on the gateau’ and not forgetting our baking competition! Our employees’ baking masterpieces will be presented to our judges on September 28th, with our favourite baker crowned the winner!
If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with pancreatic, liver, colorectal, esophageal, stomach or neuroendocrine cancer (NET), then get in touch with the team at PLANETS today for more information about the condition, and how they can help you or someone you love. eLearning For You is proud to be working with and fundraising for such a fantastic charity. We truly admire the work that they do to help those with cancer, and we will continue to do your best to raise all that we can towards PLANETS this year!