VIDEO: Couple’s community fun day to fight cancer

A community has rallied round a couple who have raised cash for cancer with a special fun day.

After Stainforth woman Sandra Lanaghan discovered by chance that she had ovarian cancer, she and husband Mick have done all they can to raise awareness of the disease.

Mick and Sandra Lanaghan. Picture: Cliff Edwards

Mick and Sandra Lanaghan. Picture: Cliff Edwards

Family and friends rushed to help, and Sunday’s fundraiser kicked off with a teams’ vintage bus push and street collection from Stainforth’s greyhound stadium.

That was followed at 2pm by activities at the Central Club, Fox Corner. They included sponsored head shaves and body waxings, children’s nail treatments, stocks and wet sponges, a disco, face-painting, fancy dress competition and refreshments.

Mr Lanaghan said: “As soon as we drew breath after learning that Sandra had ovarian cancer we wanted to raise awareness of the condition. People often mistake it for irritable bowel syndrome, which is why it’s called the silent killer.

“If I hadn’t seen a poster by chance and urged Sandra to get checked out we would be sitting on our settee blissfully unaware of anything.”

He continued: “We can’t believe the support we’ve had and donations for the two ovarian cancer organisations we are supporting. The community’s really got behind us and we hope to make a good amount of money.”

Following the fun day, on September 27 there will be a soul night for the same cause, but this is a ticket sell-out already, with singers performing free of charge. Mr Langhan said: “Again, support has been phenomenal.”