Margaret's Story

Jack Murphy Jewellers is dedicated to giving back to their local community each quarter by partnering with a charity selected by their team. Often these are charitable organisations that have personally impacted their employees’ lives. Kicking off 2024, the jewellers hosted a lively Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 2nd February, raising an impressive £764.39 for the non-profit’s cancer care services.

Macmillan Coffee Morning Thank You Post

Gemma Murphy, Partner at Jack Murphy Jewellers, expressed heartfelt gratitude: “I can’t thank everyone enough for your generous donations and for taking time out of your busy schedules to support our Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. I’d also like to give a special mention to our team members who baked an array of delicious teats for the event – we have so many talented bakers among our staff!”

Among those personally affected by cancer is Aftersales Manager, Margaret Donnelly, now in remission after her diagnosis in 2022. By giving back to charities like Macmillan Cancer Support, Jack Murphy Jewellers aims to support their local community by raising awareness of the support available to those who need it. With compassionate employees and supportive customers, they look forward to making a difference in 2024.

Read Margaret’s story below.

Margaret Donnelly Head Shot

“When I was 21 years old, my Mum was sadly diagnosed with cancer. Since then, I have lived in fear that I too, might get cancer one day. Whilst I was always proactive in terms of my own health and seeking guidance from health professionals if needed, I never checked my breasts for fear of what I might discover.

“This was a big mistake. Checking your breasts and knowing what is normal for you is so important. Early detection is key. 

“In September 2022 I found a lump, and it’s a day I’ll never forget. I was reaching over to my bedside lamp and happened to feel it. Extremely out of character for me, I kept quiet about it for a couple of weeks as I felt if I spoke about it, it would make everything feel very real. After about 3 weeks, I eventually plucked up the courage to visit my doctor.

“After being advised to come back in 4 weeks for a review, I had a sickening feeling that I needed to get a second opinion. From that point on, I was catapulted into a whirlwind of hospital appointments and received so much information about the type of cancer I had and the treatments available to me.

“Please don’t ignore the signs or symptoms – go get checked as soon as you notice any changes, and make sure to trust your gut instinct as you know your body better than anyone else.

“In the unfortunate event you receive a cancer diagnosis, take all the support available to you – from family, friends and the vast array of charitable organisations that we are very lucky to have, as they have so much to offer. Also, I must mention, if you don’t have critical illness insurance, enquire about getting it, as you never know when you might need it and it could take away the financial burden that can come with a cancer diagnosis.

“Lastly, and very importantly, age is irrelevant when it comes to cancer. I had just celebrated my 40th birthday a few months prior to my diagnosis, so if you aren’t already checking your breasts, please start now.

Action Cancer offer breast screening to women aged 40-49 and 70 plus who fall outside the NHS age range. Get your appointment booked. It could save your life.”

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