A group of friends from Kent have hosted a charity cake sale to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Rhonda Summerbell, Emma Brooks, Fiona Patel, Jane Powell and Sinead Tierney, all from Beckenham, wanted to find a way to say thank you for the support the charity provided to their good friend Rose after she was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year.

Rhonda said: “Rose and another mum from our local school were both diagnosed with cancer last year so we felt compelled to do something for them. After talking with Rose she decided she was keen to raise money for Dimbleby Cancer Care as because they had supported her so much with her recovery. She had used their complementary services, which helped her cope with the side effects of treatment and the stress management and she is also planning on using the charity’s counseling services.

“The event went really well, with lots of local people come along to buy cakes or stay and have a coffee and chat with friends. It was a real community effort and we raised £651, which will be split between Dimbleby Cancer Care and St Christopher’s Hospice, as chosen on behalf of the other mum.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Dimbleby Cancer Care which was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. It provides practical and psychological support to people living with cancer and to their families and carers. The charity is also developing a website resource to help people find care and support services nearest to them.

The cake sale took place on 21st September at the Neighbourhood Church, Cromwell Road, Beckenham.

If you are interested in putting on your own bake sale or fundraising event, contact Hannah on fundraising@dimblebycancercare.org