Tea & coffee help lift lid on ‘silent killer’


Awareness of ‘the silent killer’, pancreatic cancer, has been raised, and charitable funds amounted, by two Cambridge House staff members whose families have each been touched by the disease.

Mrs Deirdre O’Kane and Mrs Gill Wilkinson organised a coffee morning in the school on Thursday, June 26, which raised an amazing £354.87.

Half of that amount will be donated to Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of Mrs Wilkinson’s father who passed away from pancreatic cancer in March and half will go to the charity on behalf of Mrs O’Kane’s mother who is currently undergoing treatment.

Mrs Wilkinson told The Times: “This ghastly disease termed ‘the silent killer’ took away the man I admired and loved so much that I would do anything to help and support others in this situation.

“Mrs O’Kane and I are so grateful for the overwhelming generosity of staff, with both their donations and providing a huge assortment of ‘goodies’. A staggering amount of £354.87 was raised. It will assist the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts.

She added that the previous Thursday the Home Economics Department invited staff to engage in Marie Curie’s ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’ and raised £293.50.

“They gave my father and the family all the possible love, support and attention we could have ever wished for. I am forever indebted to them,” said Mrs Wilkinson.