Mum’s cancer fight really has become a family affair

Bring on the cakes ' mum Julie Elms with husband Andrew and their sons Jack (15) and Sam (13). SG211115-112TW
Bring on the cakes ' mum Julie Elms with husband Andrew and their sons Jack (15) and Sam (13). SG211115-112TW
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A brave mum is battling cancer with the help of her “fantastic family” who joined forces for a big fundraiser.

Julie Elms (45) was diagnosed with breast cancer in April and has undergone a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Ruth Edwards and Joan Saunders with their hand knitted crafts. SG211115-114TW

Ruth Edwards and Joan Saunders with their hand knitted crafts. SG211115-114TW

There will be more surgery and treatment ahead but Julie’s cancer journey so far has one feature that might surprise many: she’s been determined to have some fun, and that’s included joking about “bad hair days” after hers was lost.

Julie said: “It’s different to what I always thought it would be.

“I always thought it would be just hell and all doom and gloom and, you know, awful.

“Because I have a good family – and you can’t change what’s happened and this isn’t going to clear up overnight – I decided I am not going to look back at this year and think ‘what a wasted year’.

I decided I am not going to look back at this year and think ‘what a wasted year’.

Julie Elms

“I have always had some fun this year. We just try not to take it too seriously. We are very hopeful that I will come through this.”

The whole family has been touched by Julie’s illness and they have been there for her every step of the way. They came together for a big fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK, which saw around 300 people attending Holbeach United Services Club.

Some £2,245 has been raised so far from the event.

Julie said: “It was a big family affair started by my mum, Barbara Cave. It was going to be a small coffee morning at her house but it grew and grew and grew.

Helping hands ' Eve Steele and Casey Hallam rearrange the toy stall at the coffee and cakes event in Holbeach United Services Club. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG211115-115TW

Helping hands ' Eve Steele and Casey Hallam rearrange the toy stall at the coffee and cakes event in Holbeach United Services Club. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG211115-115TW

“My mum’s been hit very hard by this and she felt she just needed to do something and this was her way of helping.

“She’s found it quite hard watching me suffer throughout this year.

“My mum’s been baking for three weeks leading up to it so she did an awful lot of baking.”

Julie finished radiotherapy only the day before the fundraiser but found time to do some baking, as did her sisters, her auntie and friends.

Businesses supported the family’s event with prizes for the raffle and there were also donations.

Julie said: “We would like to thank all who came and helped us raise the money and the local businesses for their support.”