Pam's gift boosts Pirie donation to McGrath Foundation

GIFTS: McGrath Foundation breast-care nurse Ros Mayfield, centre, accepts a cheque from Coles' Rob Fairman while watched by Jami May, Pam Ashman and Candy Joyce.
GIFTS: McGrath Foundation breast-care nurse Ros Mayfield, centre, accepts a cheque from Coles' Rob Fairman while watched by Jami May, Pam Ashman and Candy Joyce.

An unselfish deed by Pam Ashman has ensured the McGrath Foundation will gain more than $4000.

Mrs Ashman, who is receiving breast-cancer treatment, was given $600 toward her care after the sum was raised through Xlotto in the Coles supermarket.

At the same time, store manager Rob Fairman handed $3710 to breast-care nurse Ros Mayfield, of the foundation, to help its cause of working with patients.

This money was raised in two months of shaking donation tins on each supermarket checkout, Xlotto, a casual clothes day and a cake stall.

The store also handed a separate $600 donation to Mrs Ashman who was surprised and overwhelmed by the generosity.

This was in recognition of her "endless" time as a volunteer and the support she gives to the supermarket in raising money for other charities. After the presentation, Mrs Ashman then turned to Mrs Mayfield and gave the donation to her.

As a result a total of $4310 was provided to the foundation by the supermarket.

"They say the more you give, the more you receive and I sure hope it is true because if anyone deserves to have kindness returned, it is a thoughtful person such as Mrs Ashman," said breast-cancer survivor and team member Candy Joyce.

The ceremony was attended by other team members Kelsey Brown, Jami May, Rachel Maloney, Kris Suttcliff and Linda Thompson.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is important to the team which includes two members being diagnosed with breast cancer, survivor Candy Joyce - five years on - and Mrs Ashman.

"As a store we wanted to raise some money for a cause close to our hearts and that is the foundation," Ms Joyce said.

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