THE mayor of Halstead has urged residents to support an important resource that helps residents with cancer.

Mayor Jackie Pell and Halstead Town Council are staging the Cuppa for Cancer Care event at Queens Hall, in Chipping Hill, on February 24.

The event will raise funds for the mobile cancer care unit which visits Halstead every Tuesday and supports people in the town and surrounding areas with the condition.

Mrs Pell spoke about why it is so important to support the so-called ‘chemo bus’.

Halstead Gazette: Treatment - An example of a mobile cancer care unitTreatment - An example of a mobile cancer care unit (Image: Hope for Tomorrow)

She said: “First of all, the chemo bus is a charitable organisation.

“It’s run by Hope For Tomorrow. A lot of people don’t realise it is a registered charity.

“It serves so many people in Halstead and the surrounding villages.

“It comes one day a week to Halstead, and it means people don’t have to travel to Colchester Hospital and try find parking.

“The thing is, not everyone has cancer, but everyone knows somebody, like a friend or family member, who has been touched by it.”

Halstead Gazette: Encouraging - Mayor Jackie PellEncouraging - Mayor Jackie Pell (Image: Halstead Council)

Mobile cancer care units are set up similar to hospital treatment rooms with chemotherapy pump stands and medical storage facilities.

The council gives the bus free parking in Butler Road when it operates in Halstead.

Mrs Pell is aware of the useful services it provides as she is currently recovering from bowel cancer.

This charity event will start at 1pm and Mrs Pell has shared what attendees can expect.

She said: “It is free to come in. We want people to come show their support.

“They can buy tea, coffee, delicious cake, and raffle tickets for £1.

Halstead Gazette: Information - The poster for the forthcoming eventInformation - The poster for the forthcoming event (Image: Halstead Council)

“We have been donated some great prizes from residents as well.

“We are very grateful to the people who have donated and I’m thankful to the Halstead Council office staff that have helped organise the event.

“I just want to raise as much money as possible to show what the bus does for the town and the surrounding area.”

Donation pots will be available at the event and raffle tickets are currently available to purchase from Halstead Town Council’s office.