Carolyn Cross BCAv
After losing her mother to cancer and fighting the disease twice herself, Carolyn has been dedicated to raising money for Cancer Research UK. In the last 9 years, Carolyn has raised just over £120,000 for the charity. As well as raising funds, Carolyn is also passionate about raising awareness of cancer and the signs to look out for. She gives talks in schools to raise awareness to the younger generation about the disease and the symptoms to look out for and, the need and importance of the research to beat it. She also visits cancer patients, lending an empathetic ear and understanding of what they have been through, emphasising that it is possible to have a life after Cancer.
For 30 years Carolyn has worked as a Clerk to Charnock Richard and Wrightington Parish Councils, as well as raising her own family. Carolyn also organises community events to bring people together, in the hope of reducing social isolation and exclusion in the rural areas in which she works.
Carolyn raises the funds by holding multiple events throughout the year, actively bringing communities together. Every month Carolyn makes freshly baked cakes for her coffee mornings. Other events include music events, hot pot suppers, quiz nights and bringing people together on New Years Eve so that they do not have to celebrate alone.
One event which has the biggest impact for Carolyn is the annual Big Gig, which raises thousands of pounds in one event. The event showcases musicians from all over the world, some of whom fly in from France and Switzerland to support her. Carolyn’s husband and son, who are both musicians, along with their friends and fellow musicians, help to make this event a great success each year. Other family members and volunteers help with the raffle, an auction and charity merchandise which is sold on the night. Last year alone the event raised over £7,000, with the Big Gig over the years contributing approximately £40,000 of the over £120,000 donated to Cancer Research UK.