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Chrissie spreads sunshine

By Warren Wilkins 3rd April 2019

Chrissie spreads sunshine
Chrissie is channelling her positive outlook and energy into raising funds for local good causes through Chrissie’s Sunshine Appeal.

CHRISSIE Jackson, the Newquay Voice’s co-founder and former photographer, has started a charity to spread some happiness and raise money for local good causes after being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

The 46-year-old has launched Chrissie’s Sunshine Appeal in aid of various charities, including The Cove Macmillan Support Centre and RCHC, Newquay RNLI, The Sunrise Centre and a number of animal causes in a bid to make a “positive out of a negative” following her Stage 4 metastatic cancer diagnosis.

The keen sailor was first taken unwell when she was due to start her third race of the Clipper Round the World Race from China to Seattle across the Pacific last year after previously racing from Australia to China. She was subsequently diagnosed with the cancer on January 14 and has now started chemotherapy treatment.

Chrissie plans to organise various fundraising events despite battling her illness, which includes a sky dive and a charity ball, and is appealing to people who would like to stage a fundraiser on her behalf.

Friends and family who have rallied around Chrissie have already started planning a number of charity events, including her Clipper Race family who will be holding a Chrissie Sunshine Party in Portsmouth, while Newquay Mayor Andy Hannan will be raising money for the appeal at the Mayor’s Charity Beach Ball at the Great Western Hotel on Saturday (April 6).

Chrissie said: “Being diagnosed with metastatic cancer was a huge shock and totally unexpected.

“The idea behind the Sunshine Appeal is to take some positive out of this negative news and spread some sunshine around.

“The plan is to raise money for more than one charity because lots of Cornish causes have touched my heart. The umbrella in my charity logo represents the host of charities close to my heart, my love for animals and wildlife, and the ship’s wheel and waves for the love of the ocean. The suns rays are for the Sunrise Appeal which provides help, even in the form of an app on your phone, that you can refer to as a cancer patient. It is a valuable resource to be able to use, which is why I want to support them.

“I also want to raise money for The Cove Macmillan and RCHC because I was overwhelmed by their support after receiving the shocking news. You go round to them from The Sunrise Centre and on the first occasion I was given a private room, which was great to sit and have a chat.

“The help from the staff is amazing. I feel like they give a bit of magic with their kindness in a dark day. On a practical level The Cove offers a vast range of support, including pamper days and dietary information, and has a Citizens Advice, which is good because all of a sudden you don’t have an income.

“Newquay RNLI because sailing has been a big part of my life. Being out on the ocean I could have potentially been rescued a number of times. I have also followed the lifeboatmen’s bravery as the Newquay Voice photographer for 16 years and saw what a great job they do.

“I want to raise money for a variety of animal charitiess, such as Sally Cat Rescue in St Dennis because of my feral cat who adopted me. Anyone who has loved and owned a pet knows how much they can bring to your life. They bring so much joy. I feel it is the time to give something back to the charity that helps cats.

“I have supported the Prickles and Paws hedgehog charity at Cubert throughout my time with the Newquay Voice.

“They are amazing, taking in injured hedgehogs and helping to rehabilitate them. I have admired their work and dedication to wildlife.

“St Francis Homes for Animals is dedicated to dogs in need and I feel they go above and beyond, helping rehabilitate and rehoming them. I want to recognise the fabulous work carried out by their amazing staff and volunteers. I previously raised £3,000 for the organisation through taking part in the Clipper Race in 2017/18.

“I will additionally be raising money for Towan Blystra Lions as the organisation has offered Chrissie’s Sunshine Appeal help and support and they do so much for local charities. If we can fundraise for these charities we can really make a difference.”

Although Chrissie will be embarking on lots of fundraising, her main effort will be maintaining her health through treatment and the help and support of her family and friends.

“My friends and family have been amazing,” she said. “I’ve had some lovely messages. The love and support of the community in Cornwall and from around the world has been overwhelming. I’m keeping strong and positive and I‘ve still got an adventurous spirit and a zest for life.

“I feel the last two years of my life has been helping me train for this moment. Training and taking part in the Clipper Race gave me the confidence and skills to push myself to my mental and physical limits. Their slogan is ‘Race of Your Life’ so I feel I’m taking on the race of my life in a new chapter.

“I believe we can all achieve our dreams. My grandmother used to say a storm tests the strength of a ship. We are just in a bit of a storm and I’m waiting for the storm to pass. I’m on two different forms of chemotherapy. One tablet version that I take every day. My boat used to say ‘Sailing in Style’ and I propose to do ‘Chemo in Style.’

“My aim is to take the tablet in cool places as part of my journey. So far I’ve taken it at Windsor Castle, The Thames, watching a show in the West End and at Porth Island here in Newquay. I’m after any suggestions for interesting locations where I can take my chemo.”

Mayor Andy Hannan was keen to get on board and support Chrissie’s Sunshine Appeal. Andy said: “Having known Chrissie for many years, when we heard that she was going to launch her Sunshine Appeal, Babs and I thought it would be a good idea to help get her started and the Mayor’s Beach Ball seemed like the perfect opportunity.

“If the ball is well supported we would expect to be able to donate a sizeable amount to Chrissie’s Sunshine Appeal. Tickets for the ball are still on sale and we would encourage everyone to join us, support Chrissie, have a great time and raise some money for local good causes.”

l Anyone who would like to support Chrissie’s charity can click here

By Warren Wilkins 3rd April 2019

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