Diamonds in the desert of Cancer

Some of you may already know that my cousin Alex has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and an incredibly rare one at that. What you may not know, is just how amazing Alex is because instead of giving in and giving up, she’s decided that there is a Silver Lining to Every Cloud, and as such has launched ‘Alex’s Silver Lining Appeal’ to try and raise £5,000 for a tiny charity that rescues horses and ponies based in the Brecon Beacons.

On the 27th June 2009, she will be the hostess at her Silver Lining Garden Party in aid of the Lluest Horse and Pony Trust. (Click here if you are on Facebook).

The garden party takes place at Hillside Farm, near Comber outside Belfast, and if anyone would like to join Alex on the day, she (and I) would love to see you. If you can’t make it though, you can always make a donation to the charity through her Just Giving page too.

You can find out more about the Lluest Horse and Pony Trust at their website.

This title of this posts was about Diamonds, that’s a plural and I’m sure some of you will have noticed. So my second diamond is Families Facing Cancer, a new organisation that has been set up to support the families and carers of those who have cancer. Anne Orchard is the amazing founder who has been working round the clock to build awareness of her organisation.

What she really needs is to see people using the forums – so if you would like support, could help out or just want to post a message of hope, please visit the site at:

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