A Buxton resident’s birthday barn dance has raised over £9,000 for local patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Julie Fletcher, who has secondary breast cancer, held a ‘Party in the Barn’ in Combs last month, to celebrate her 50th Birthday.

Julie’s been attending Blythe House Hospicecare in Chapel-en-Le-Frith since the beginning of 2019, accessing care and support including education for health and wellbeing, complementary therapies, counselling and physiotherapy.

Julie said: ‘I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013; unfortunately in 2017 it had spread to my liver; after surgery to remove the tumour it returned once again in 2018 to multiple sections of my liver and my bones. I have been undergoing different treatments, each one offering their challenges and currently I am on chemotherapy to shrink the numerous tumours in my liver.

‘I try to live a normal life as possible and recently Blythe House have helped me through some of the most difficult times of my life. Blythe House is a safe environment to go and express yourself in any way you feel. I look forward to Wednesdays and have made many new friends in the process.’

‘I wanted to do something worthwhile to celebrate my big 5-0 and raise vital funds for a place very close to my heart and many in the community’.

The ‘Party in the Barn’ was a huge success supported by Julie’s friends and family, with local businesses providing products and services like refreshments and entertainment. Other organisations and guests gave money on the night and via Julie’s Facebook donations page.

Julie said; ‘We had a fantastic night, made even better by the fact so much money was raised for Blythe House. I’d like to thank everybody who helped to make a dream become reality.

‘Many people gave up their free time to help organise and prepare the barn for the night. I can’t thank them enough: Rosie and Sam Barrett for the use of the barn, Jason Hobson for all your hard work in sorting the lighting, Jonathan Smith for going over and above with prepping the barn and staying all night to serve the hog roast, and Mac Burnham Butchers for donating all the burgers and sausages; they were scrummy. Paul Hardy for supplying the biggest hog roast I’ve ever seen, Amy Longdon and Ben Hammer for supplying the very well stocked and organised bar, and to both Paul and Amy for donating all their profits to the event. Retronovas Band, DJ Chris Pearson and Middle of the Road duo for donating their time to play at the party.

‘Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make this remarkable night as memorable as possible by providing services and gifts in kind.’

To name just a few of the local organisations who supported the event:
A & S Bearings, Buxton
Biggin Hall, Biggin By Hartington
Buxton and High Peak Golf club
Buxton Opera House
Buxton Water
Care for Feet, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton
Cask and Kitchen, Glossop
Chapel-en-le-Frith Leisure Centre
Damian Currington Electrical
Decanta by Dowds, Glossop
Federal Mogul Friction Products
First Impressions
Harvey Leonards, Glossop
Hayloft Beauty, Glossop
Jack Massey fight tickets
Lasting Impressions, Buxton
Lounge 41, Buxton
Napoli Italian Restaurant, Glossop
Paper Mill Inn, Chinley
Staden Nursery, Buxton
The Italian, Glossop
The Oakwood, Glossop
The Queens Pub, Glossop
…And many, many more!

You can still donate to Julie’s fundraising via her Just Giving page.