Ever since Carol’s diagnosis of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2004, she has been actively involved with many different cancer charities. “I will forever want to say thank you to not only my nurses, doctors and hospital, but to all those involved in the research into cancer throughout the world. If I can help raise funds through lots of different avenues, then I may be able to help future patients and help a tiny bit towards the cure for cancer once and for all.”
Carol’s first fundraising began when she decided to record her debut solo album ‘Smile’. Throughout her journey through cancer she has had much help from close family and friends, and her mother has found help from Macmillan Cancer Support, so it was decided that all proceeds from album sales would go to them in a way of thanks. Amazingly, the entire orchestra give their time for free for the recording at Pinewood Studios! The album got to the penultimate round of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and has been selling extremely well, gaining Macmillan valuable funds.
If I can help raise funds through lots of different avenues, then I may be able to help future patients and help a tiny bit towards the cure for cancer once and for all.
Not only does Carol get actively involved in Cancer Research’s Race for Life as often as possible, but she also takes her charity work for The Christie (where Carol has been treated) very seriously. This includes performing music at many of their events including The Christie Ball in 2012 (where she also gave a speech) which raised £110,000 to go towards the Haematology and Transplant Unit’s developments. She also spoke on BBC Radio Manchester to help launch their partnership with The Christie in their aim to raise One Million Pounds throughout 2013. Carol was also involved in a ‘Life with and beyond Cancer’ project which launched on The Christie website for those dealing with the long term effects of cancer treatment. Click here to learn more and watch the film that Carol features in.
Carol has her own fundraising page running alongside all of this work here, and is hoping to eventually raise £100,000 which will go towards just one new isolation room in the Haematology and Transplant Unit where Carol had her life-saving bone marrow transplant in 2011. Please show your support and donate just a little something to this wonderful cause. The demand for these isolation rooms is getting more and more, and The Christie can only go on to help save other lives if they get enough funds to expand their world class facilities.
Another avenue where Carol is helping raise funds for The Christie is with the launch of the PINK pBone; a completely plastic trombone which is proving extremely popular throughout the world. A percentage of each sale is going to The Christie. Read more here.
Carol has been interviewed for Lymphoma Action’s magazine ‘Lymphoma Matters’. The Association offers amazing support to people affected by Lymphatic cancer and you can download a copy of the magazine and read Carol’s interview here. She also lead the Lymphoma Action’s BBC Radio 4 Appeal, recording voiceovers and presenting videos at the BBC, and helped to raise over £7,000 that week. Listen to the appeal here. Carol continues to speak at lots of events for Lymphoma Action, as this charity helped her and her family so much during the years she was ill.
Carol has spoken at the Houses of Parliament to MPs about government policies, to help change industry practise and bring about improvements for those affected by cancer, and has also earned a Beacon of Hope award for all her work for Lymphoma Action.
Most recently, Carol has been involved in the Danish version of Stand Up to Cancer, speaking about the world-class facilities at the biggest clinical trail centre in the world, The Christie, where she was treated.
She continues to speak at many events worldwide for the pharmaceutical company Takeda, which invented the drug that got her to remission, from Singapore to Denmark and from Brazil to Boston. And whilst on tour recently in the USA with her music, she was awarded a champion certificate from the American Cancer Society for her charity work all over the globe.
Carol has been guest soloist, featuring on two albums with the all-female brass band Boobs & Brass, who have so far raised over £100,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign, she has been invited to be a patron of charity choir Pasque Harmony who have raised in excess of £100,000 for Keech Hospice, and other companies are now contacting Carol to be involved and become the face of their cancer charity fundraising ideas and projects.