A MOTHER and daughter are serving up cupcakes and cocktails to help other people affected by cancer.
Sarah Calder and her mother, Elaine Hanson, are holding a fund-raiser in aid of South Tyneside charity Cancer Connections.
The pair, who regularly raise money for the organisation – which helps people who have had cancer, are suffering from it, or have been affected by it – are hosting the cocktails and cupcakes event at the New Crown Hotel in Mowbray Road, South Shields, next month.
Sarah, 25, said: “My mum had cancer about six or seven years ago, and the charity really helped her. They still do.
“She has had to give up work because she is still suffering side effects of the chemotherapy.
“When she goes there, they help her and make her a bit more upbeat and happier in herself.”
Elaine, 50, of South Shields, who suffered from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, which affects the immune system, is now a director of Cancer Connections, which is based in Harton Lane, South Shields. She suffers from a condition known as fibromyalgia as a result of chemotherapy, which causes pain all over the body, extreme tiredness and headaches.
Sarah said the work Cancer Connections does to help clients is invaluable.
She said: “Any chance I get I do things to help Cancer Connections.
“When she goes there, she leaves feeling a little better.”
The mum-of-three has sold about 50 tickets for the fundraiser, which will take place on March 7, and she is hoping to sell another 50.
Guests will be given a free, homemade cupcake and cocktail, and entry into a prize draw, in exchange for their £2 ticket.
There will also be refreshments provided on the tables.
Sarah, of South Shields, makes arts and crafts out of buttons, and is raffling some of her artwork on the evening.
Tickets for the fundraiser cost £2, and entry is £3 on the door on March 7.
For more information or to buy tickets, call 0758 628 3322.