Joyce has been a supporter of The Christie Charity since she was referred to The Christie for lymphoma treatment. After getting a diagnosis of lymphoma in 2013, Joyce was first treated at The Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan before being referred to The Christie.
At The Christie, Joyce said she found a hospital with a culture way beyond anything she’d ever experienced. She said that everyone had a smile and a positive attitude, and it didn’t take long to decide to fundraise for The Christie so she could express her gratitude.
Joyce decided to support Team Christie by hosting a Cuppa for The Christie event. Cuppa for The Christie is where people raise money for The Christie Charity by holding a coffee and cake sale. You can hold a Cuppa for The Christie at home, at work, in the garden, at your local park, in a community hall – it’s up to you.
For Joyce’s first Cuppa for The Christie, she invited friends and relatives for cake and coffee at her home. This was so successful that her events got bigger and bigger, and Joyce approached local businesses to donate raffle prizes.
Joyce’s Cuppa for The Christie events had to pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. When people could meet in person again, Joyce found they were reluctant to attend indoor events.
So that people would feel safer to attend Cuppa for The Christie events, Joyce decided to hold future events in her garden. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise – it gave more space for more people, it made it easier to get to the cake and coffee and as a result, Joyce made more money.
To protect against any bad weather, Joyce managed to borrow 2 gazebos and got another 1 for free. Friends lent her garden furniture and Joyce said the ‘cherry on the cake’ was the loan of a catering urn and tables so she could serve coffee on a bigger scale.
Joyce said that her Cuppa for The Christie parties raised more and more each year as she learned what worked, and word got around about how much fun they were. She also said none of her fundraising would be possible without the help of her 3 life-long friends who always pitch in at her events.