Sweet smell of success brought Wendy to York Against Cancer

Wendy Devaney decided to use the lavender bushes in her garden to raise money for York Against Cancer, and this began a 26-year association with the charity.

In 1988, Wendy lost her husband Dennis to cancer. She wanted to find a way to raise money for the charity so along with her two 10-year-olds, she got to work shredding the overgrown lavender plants from her garden. Wendy sowed the seeds into bags that went on sale in the original York Against Cancer shop in Huntington and made £20 for the charity.

It was the start of a long and happy association, with Wendy holding coffee mornings and other events before joining the volunteers in the York Against Cancer office and shop in Huntington.

Wendy’s skills from a career in banking means that she’s a great asset to the charity, managing the finances at the shops and events. Money that she has raised has also been boosted by the bank where she worked, who donated up to £100 to match her fundraising.

With help from staff at York Against Cancer, Wendy even won a ‘Pot of Gold’ competition run by the same bank, in which they gave £1,000 to a charity that could come up with the best business plan to make good use of it.

Wendy loves her work at York Against Cancer. “I get huge satisfaction out of what I do,” she said. “I know that I am helping to raise funds that are going towards helping people and families with this dreadful disease, and there’s also a great social side to it.”