A n-ice way to support charity

Armando Di-Meo with Maggies patient Helen Lane who is doing the walk - and looking forward to an ice-cream along the way.'Picture by Jane Coltman.

Armando Di-Meo with Maggies patient Helen Lane who is doing the walk - and looking forward to an ice-cream along the way.'Picture by Jane Coltman.

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A popular Whitley Bay business has come up with a n-ice way to support a charity.

Family-run business Di Meo Ice Cream is supporting Maggie’s Newcastle Cancer Centre and its sponsored eight-mile walk.

I really hope the local community gets behind the event to help us support as many people affected by cancer

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, centre fundraising manager at Maggie’s Newcastle

Free ice cream will be provided during Maggie’s Newcastle Culture Crawl, which is taking place on Friday, September 18.

Walkers are being given the chance to explore Newcastle’s culture, architectural and artistic delights, taking in Newcastle and Gateshead to raise money for Maggie’s Newcastle and their cancer centre at the Freeman Hospital.

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, centre fundraising manager at Maggie’s Newcastle, said: “After ten years of spectacular events in London it’s wonderful to have a Maggie’s Culture Crawl taking place right here.

“As a charity Maggie’s Newcastle relies on donations to continue to develop our unique, high quality programme of support.”

“I really hope the local community gets behind the event to help us support as many people affected by cancer, as well as their family and friends, across the region.”

Helen Lane, from Killingworth, has been a visitor at the Maggie’s Centre since being diagnosed with Lymphoma in December 2014.

She first visited Maggie’s in January this year and the 47-year-old said: “I immediately felt at home.

“The staff and volunteers are so friendly and supportive.

“The Maggie’s Newcastle Centre has benefitted me in many ways, I have discussed my cancer with the haematologist nurse Maureen who is fabulous, and other individuals who have the same condition.

“It’s good to know that you don’t have to go through the cancer journey on your own and it’s great to meet people who have completed their treatment and are doing well, it fills you with hope for the future.”

Helen, who works for the Department of Work and Pensions, added: “Basically, the Maggie’s Newcastle Centre can be what you want it to be, you can chat to the various individuals about your cancer, benefit entitlement, returning back to work, or you can just chill out in the beautiful kitchen or garden. I call it my sanctuary.”

Registration for the event is £25 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100.

Anyone interested in take part in the walk can save 50 per cent on registration with the discount code ‘NEW50’.

For more about Maggie’s Newcastle visit www.maggiescentres.org/newcastle, visit the centre at the Freeman Hospital or call (0191) 233 6605.