A 96-YEAR-OLD woman is still brewing up a storm as she raises funds to help support cancer patients.
But whatever you do, do not ask Dorothy Dawson if she has ever thought about giving up.
For she is determined to keep on going until long after she has received her telegram from the Queen for her 100th birthday.
Dorothy, born and brought up in Mossley and now living in Carrbrook, has been one of the driving forces behind the Mossley Cancer Committee for an astonishing 48 years.
Seeing a friend go through the trauma of watching her husband battle cancer drove Dorothy to helping set up the committee, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds.
Last year alone, the MCC donated more than £18,000 to a host of groups, including MacMillan at Tameside Hospital, Willow Wood Hospice, Christies, Cancer Research and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.
Reuben’s Retreat, Prevent Breast Cancer, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Marie Curie and the Cecilia Unit at Manchester’s Wythenshawe Hospital also received funds from the group.
They also prepared 100 charity bags for people who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Tameside Hospital – and hope to repeat that in 2019.
And Dorothy, who lives on Moorgate Drive and threw open her doors for a coffee event which raised more than £450, is showing no signs of slowing down.
She said: “After 33 years on my own, there’s no way I’ll ever give in.
“I might even do one on my 100th birthday. I think I’m the only surviving founding member.
“The coffee mornings have been happening pretty much every other month but we decided to have them more often.
“We also had a big one at Stamford Golf Club this summer which 154 people attended.
“I started because a friend’s husband was diagnosed with cancer and it was terminal.
“Everything was done through Marie Curie back then as MacMillan was not around but she wanted to do something.
“So we started the committee and took it from there. Now we do things for all the cancer charities.”
This year may be drawing to an end but plans are already in place for 2019, with the bags given to chemotherapy patients a big focus.
In them are things to make a chemotherapy patient’s stay in hospital more comforting, with things like toiletries and other sanitary products in them.
Dorothy revealed the MCC needs £750 to make sure they can match the total, as well as other funds to carry out its amazing work.
She added: “We did 80 bags for women and 20 for men.
“We’re aiming to get another 100 out next year and we’re supplying relatives of people who are having chemotherapy.
“They have all the things anyone could want.”