Celebrating over £84,000 raised for Target Ovarian Cancer with Rontec

As we recognise Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March, we want to highlight the effect of Pennies micro-donations for one of our partner charities, Target Ovarian Cancer.

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Published 28 March, 2024

Our long-term partner Rontec has successfully raised more than £84,000 since 2020 for Target Ovarian Cancer, a charity dedicated to improving early diagnosis, funding life-saving research, and providing much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer, making a real difference for someone like Gemma. Gemma’s journey, driven by early detection and community support, showcases the impact of Pennies micro-donations raised through fundraising campaigns.

Partnering with Pennies

Thanks to the generosity of Rontec’s customers and the seamless donation process facilitated by Pennies, over £84,000 has been granted to Target Ovarian Cancer, through Pennies micro-donation campaigns since 2020. This remarkable achievement is particularly noteworthy as we mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March.

This impactful contribution doesn’t just stop at numbers; it translates into real-world impact, touching lives and making a tangible difference. Let’s delve into Gemma’s story to understand the profound impact of customer’s micro-donations.

Gemma’s Story

Gemma’s life took an unexpected turn when she received a dual diagnosis of womb and ovarian cancer. Despite the challenges she faced, Gemma’s journey is a testament to the power of persistence, early detection, and the crucial role played by healthcare professionals.

It all started with a regular visit to her GP, where her concerns were initially ignored. But Gemma didn’t give up, and with her GP’s help, she got further tests and eventually got diagnosed. During a routine procedure, ovarian cancer was found.

“This time has been challenging for me, emotionally and physically. It took me two years to get diagnosed – I went through exhausting and painful diagnostic procedures as I had a gut feeling something wasn’t right” – Gemma

Through surgeries and treatments, Gemma fought bravely, but her battle was not without its emotional and physical tolls. The impact of her diagnosis rippled through her life, affecting her fertility and plunging her into early onset menopause. Yet, amidst the challenges, Gemma found strength in her faith and the unwavering support of her loved ones.

“With more access to CA125 tests and better ultrasound equipment, I believe headway could be made. Until then, I would encourage anybody whose experiencing concerns to keep persisting and not settle with living with it if something’s not right” – Gemma

Gemma’s story highlights how early diagnosis of ovarian cancer saves lives, and the importance of recognising the symptoms and persisting with your GP. The Rontec campaign, supported by Pennies micro-donations, has helped support Target Ovarian Cancer stop this disease devastating lives. The money raised goes towards increasing awareness of the symptoms, running GP education modules, funding research and providing support to those diagnosed, like Gemma.

Making Every Penny Count

As Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, let Gemma’s story serve as a reminder of the importance of continued support and action. Through micro-donations, we can make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals affected by ovarian cancer and countless other causes across the UK, Ireland, and beyond. Let Gemma’s journey inspire us to keep giving and making a difference, one penny at a time.

£5 could help five people to learn about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, making sure they know when to visit their GP.

£14 could train two GPs on ovarian cancer and best practice for early diagnosis, getting more women into treatment sooner.

£34 could pay towards funding one hour of ground-breaking medical research to find more effective treatments for the future.

How you can benefit from Pennies

Contact us today and become part of the Pennies family, where every micro-donation adds up to make a positive difference for charities across the UK and beyond. Let’s work together to make every penny count!

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