Mum’s vintage tea party to help cancer patients

Nursery nurse Valerie McClennan is holding a vintage tea party at Flushdyke primary school to raise money for The Well cancer service on the 8th June, to mark 2 years after her breast cancer operation. with Jackie Danny (left) and Laura Moorhouse (right)
Nursery nurse Valerie McClennan is holding a vintage tea party at Flushdyke primary school to raise money for The Well cancer service on the 8th June, to mark 2 years after her breast cancer operation. with Jackie Danny (left) and Laura Moorhouse (right)
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A nursery nurse is hosting a vintage afternoon tea party to raise money for a cancer service that helped her through her treatment.

Valerie McClennan, 51, underwent chemotherapy, after being diagnosed with breast cancer on her 25th wedding anniversary in May 2011.

On Saturday, June 8, the Ossett mum, is throwing a tea party to mark two years of remission from the cancer, after an operation in June 2011.

Mrs McClennan, who has two children aged 21 and 23, is raising money for The Well for Wellbeing service in Barnsley, which helped her through her chemotherapy treatment.

The centre provides free therapies for cancer patients including massages, beauty therapies and brow and lash enhancements. It also teaches people how to tie scarves and fit hats and wigs.

Mrs McClennan, nursery nurse at Flushdyke J&I, said: “For me, the charity was absolutely wonderful. I lost all of my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes with the chemotherapy. I was prepared for the hair loss. When it started falling out, my children were creating alsorts of hair styles and we had loads of fun shaving it off at a ‘hair shaving party’. But my face looked really strange without eyelashes and eyebrows. The centre showed me how to make myself have brows and lashes again and gave me a scarf for my head which I was shown how to tie.

“When you’re feeling low they really really boost you up. I lost my mum, dad and grandma through cancer and was determined not to let it take me too.

“It’s important to have a positive outlook and the centre help you to do that. I want to give something back to them so they can help even more people take a stand against cancer.”

Guests at the vintage tea party can expect a selection of teas, coffees, sandwiches, buns and scones, all served on fine china and Mrs McClennan’s own vintage cake stands.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 2pm - 4pm at Flushdyke J&I School.