A fundraising stalwart in the Moorlands is stepping down after two decades. Carmen Alcock is known to many in and around Cheadle for her tireless fundraising for charity.
A fundraising stalwart in the Moorlands is stepping down after two decades.
Carmen Alcock is known to many in and around Cheadle for her tireless fundraising for charity.
After 20 years, with the last 11 years focussing specifically on Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Carmen and her husband Graham have raised tens of thousands of pounds.
Carmen had put a team together for this year’s Staffordshire’s Relay for Life as her last big fundraiser. Sadly this event has been cancelled so she has decided now is the right time to hang up her fundraising hat – that’s not before handing over more than £7,000 which she and her team had raised ahead of taking part in the event.
Throughout her fundraising years, Carmen has run raffles, held Christmas displays at her own house, collected at supermarkets, made, and sold items and much more to raise funds for the charity that holds a special place in her heart after she and Graham had their own experiences and losses due to cancer.
Since February 2020 and despite Covid, which came about at the start of her latest fundraising challenge, Carmen and her Relay For Life team ‘Research is Key’ have raised £7,386.
Carmen’s team includes: Margaret Lawrence, Barb Callear, Paul Thrasher, Michelle Daniels, Barry Callear, Rose Messham, Robert Messham, Sheila Morton, Shirley Whittall, Elizabeth Clowes, Mike Alcock, Steph Thompson, Lynn Green, Steven Alcock, and Nadene Burgess.
Carmen has also been well supported by local businesses and has asked to specifically thank Cheadle Methodist Church, Howells Property investment, Fairtest, Dicksons solicitors, Blythe Builders, Leek Ramblers, Denstone Hall Farm, Cheadle Cancer Research Group, The Little Children’s Market, Cheadle Conservative Club, Meir Park Weathervane, Green Bank Motor Services, Driftwoods, DWP Hanley, Allan Jones, Patricia Brown Beautician, Portmerion, many of the shops in and around Cheadle as well as her own ‘House Proud’ clients.
Carmen said: “Fundraising is all about working together as a team and having fun.
“Every single member of my team and I would like to extend an enormous thank you to our families and friends who have supported us, and I’d like to thank the people who made cakes, candles, and all sorts of crafts for us to sell and enjoy, as well as those who offered so much technical support (definitely not my forte).
“It’s time to enjoy a little peace and quiet and have fun with my family.”
Jane Wilde, co-ordinator for the Relay for Life event, said: “Carmen has been a huge support since the event was first suggested, and has been a great example of what can be achieved.
“She has dedicated most of her time and energy to CRUK since I first met her five years ago, and now it’s time for her to enjoy time with her family, and for us to thank her.”
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