Our 2016 Charity Partner
At One Call we love to support local charities and this year we are supporting Eve Merton Dreams Trust
In 2014 and 2015 we sponsored Eve Merton Dreams Trust and in 2015 we managed to raise a staggering £22,589.93!
We are proud to announce that we have chosen to team up with them once again as our charity partner for 2016. This year we have our sights set on raising even more money!
We look forward to being able to help Eve Merton Dreams Trust grant wishes and make dreams come true for Doncaster’s cancer patients and their families.
About Eve Merton Dreams Trust
Eve Merton Dreams Trust is a registered Charity that is based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. It was set up and founded by Doncaster People to help Doncaster people.
Their aim is simple – To help the people of Doncaster who are suffering with serious or terminally ill Cancer. The funds raised will contribute towards patients & their families in fulfilling a dream or granting a wish, if only for a day.
Eve Merton’s story is unfortunately not an uncommon one but her drive, determination, inspiration and love for others is something that will live on forever.
Eve was not a famous or what you would call an important person, she was a hardworking woman of Doncaster who spent 20+ years working on our own famous Doncaster Market. Eve however was never content in just doing her work and going home, she did everything she could to help others. She created a Christmas club for all the market traders, friends and neighbours, helped run Weight Watchers clubs around the South Yorkshire area, collected shopping for elderly neighbours who were unable to go themselves despite being 68yrs old herself and even founded a boys football club, initially so her sons and friends had somewhere to play but the club grew and is still running today.
However in April 2009 Eve was struck down with Level 3 Ovarian Cancer at quite a late stage. The Tumour had grown to such a size it had given her the look of a 9 month pregnant woman. After a month of tests, scans, biopsies and numerous consultations, Eve was admitted into the Sheffield Hallamshire for an operation to remove her ovaries and attempt to remove the remaining Tumour. She underwent this procedure in May of 2009 and her ovaries were successfully removed and as much of the Tumour as possible. Eve faced this scary time with her usual guts and determination and took that positive feeling into the next 6 weeks of recovery followed by 6 months of Chemo therapy in DRI’s Chatsfield Suite.
After completing her Chemo therapy treatment just before Christmas, Eve was responding well and went back to her usual life, back to helping others like she’d never been ill. In early July of 2010 she completed Doncaster’s Race For Life on the hottest day of the year, a day when many others were passing out due to heat. Even on this day Eve’s charity messages were not of her own struggle but of others who had suffered with the same disease.
Unfortunately on October 5th 2010 and after an ill period that was suspected as a water infection, just 3 months after the Race For Life, Eve was re-diagnosed with Cancer. This time the Tumour was lodged in her pelvis causing damage to her upper / lower bowel and stomach. The specialist painted a picture of non cure and pointed out the options. Being a fighter she opted to attempt a much stronger Chemotherapy and was booked in the next day, October 6th. Sadly the fast spreading nature of the illness lead to Eve being admitted into DRI on October 11th where she would spend the next 2 months.
She would still put on a brave face every day, want to know and help with visitors day to day issues and even found the strength to take part in a Hospital bed Christmas party organised by some of the Weight Watchers members and friend Pat Higgins.
On finding the news, on the day of her son’s birthday, that there was nothing else they could do, Eve was discharged home with homecare from family, district nurses and Hospice at home and did manage to spend a final Christmas and New Year surrounded by family. After being admitted for a brief period into The St. Johns Hospice for respite, Eve Merton sadly passed away on the 17th of January 2011 surrounded by her family.