Kind hearted staff at Talk of the Town are holding a special fundraising event to help a well-loved Driffield resident fulfil her dream of visiting America.
Vee Dunning was diagnosed with cancer last October and after surgery and chemotherapy, the 46-year-old is still battling the disease.
Vee and her husband Benjamin are hoping to travel to America this November for Thanksgiving to spend time with family and friends, while Vee is still well enough to make the journey.
She told Driffield & Wolds Weekly: “I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last October and it has spread to my bowels and diaphragm. It all came as a total shock.
“I have had a full hysterectomy and part of my bowel removed and have been told I will be on chemotherapy for the foreseeable future.”
“It is not possible to operate on my diaphragm and so the chemotherapy is hopefully slowing down the progression of the growth.”
Vee, who worked in Costcutter in Driffield for 13 years and who is closely involved with Driffield churches, wants to travel to Longview in the state of Washington to visit Benjamin’s family and friends who they have not seen for years.
She added: “Benjamin is from America and we haven’t seen his family for over five years, we even have nieces and nephews who we have not even met yet.
“I spoke to my consultant about this and he advised that I should make the trip sooner rather than later.
“So we decided we should go this November for Thanksgiving while I feel well enough to make the journey and enjoy myself while I am there.
“We have a big family reunion planned with Benjamin’s brothers flying in from other parts of America and so it should be a wonderful experience.”
Vee is a regular at Talk of the Town, the cafe and children’s play centre on Middle Street North, and is a close friend of all the staff.
When they heard of Vee’s plans they instantly wanted to help and have organised two days of fun activities on Friday 23th and Saturday 24th October to raise funds towards the trip.
Owner Dawn Morris, said: “We always support the Macmillan coffee mornings but this year we wanted to make it more personalised and raise money to help Vee fulfil her dream of travelling to America while she is still able.
“Over the two days we will be serving pancakes for £1, we will have a raffle, name the teddy, a cake stall, face painting and a lucky sweet dip in the ball pool.
“We just want to raise as much money as we can for Vee and hope as many people as possible will come and support us.”
The fundraising activities have been organised and will be run by Talk of the Town staff Kendra Cowe, Rachel Barr, Emma Ison, Ben Glover and David Foster.
The fun and games take place on Friday 23rd October from 9am until 5pm and on Saturday 24th October from 9am until 3pm.
For donations or any raffle prizes please contact staff at Talk of the Town.
Vee has a Go Fund Me page which can be found by following the link https://www.