Cup of tea goes down a treat for cancer fund-raiser

Refreshing: Letitia Sutherland serves tea and cake at the morning tea fund-raiser for Community Cancer Link at the Woonona Surf Club on Tuesday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Refreshing: Letitia Sutherland serves tea and cake at the morning tea fund-raiser for Community Cancer Link at the Woonona Surf Club on Tuesday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

In the midst of her battle with breast cancer, Tamara Glasgow came up with a crafty fund-raiser that has since become her legacy.

The Woonona mother died in 2007 but the annual morning tea carries on thanks to the efforts of Tamara's mother Ann Johnson and her Woonona craft group.

The members of the group work tirelessly throughout the year - knitting, crocheting, baking and more - to come up with a wealth of old-fashioned handicrafts and homewares to sell at the event.

On Tuesday, their hard work paid off when they raised more than $6000 for Community Cancer Link which supports cancer patients and their families in the Illawarra.

"Tamara was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and we started the fund-raiser together before she died," Ms Johnson said.

"Now it's my legacy for Tamara to carry it on, and to help others impacted by cancer too. We are all touched by cancer in some way and it's important to support each other."

In past years the money raised has been used to buy equipment for Wollongong Hospital's cancer ward, but this year the money raised will go to palliative care.

"We want to help cancer patients in the last stages of their lives to be able to stay at home where they are most comfortable, with their loved ones around them," Ms Johnson said.

There was a record attendance this year, with more than 180 community members turning up at Woonona Surf Club.

"The response has been absolutely wonderful," she said.

"It was Tamara's dearest wish that others could be helped through their battles with cancer - and that wish is being honoured."

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