Hundreds of pounds raised in honour of Potters Bar childminder, Kay

PUBLISHED: 14:09 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:09 06 September 2017

Kay Hammett's family all came together at the fun day at Potters Bar Cricket Club.

Kay Hammett's family all came together at the fun day at Potters Bar Cricket Club.

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A family have been rallying round to raise money for charity in honour of their loved ones.

Kay Hammett's sister and brother, Deborah Carey and John Oakman, after having had their heads shaved.Kay Hammett's sister and brother, Deborah Carey and John Oakman, after having had their heads shaved.

Relatives of Kay Hammett were so impressed with the care she received from Macmillan Cancer Support that they felt they wanted to give something back to the charity.

Kay, a childminder from Potters Bar, was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of ovarian cancer and sadly lost her battle with the cancer in October last year.

She died the day after her 36th wedding anniversary.

Kay was 56 and left her two sons Glenn and Jamie, and husband Peter.

Kay Hammett's sister and brother, Deborah Carey and John Oakman, prepare to Brave the Shave.Kay Hammett's sister and brother, Deborah Carey and John Oakman, prepare to Brave the Shave.

Kay’s sister Janette Oakman told this paper how they had also lost another sister, Norma Canham, to leukaemia about 13 years ago and dad Thomas Oakman to Non-Hodgekin lymphoma at the age of 67 in 1987.

To raise cash for Macmillan, Kay’s son Glenn, a former Mount Grace pupil, organised a fun day at Potters Bar Cricket Club on Sunday raising over £1,600.

Some of the children who Kay had looked after as a childminder even attended the event, which featured live music, a bouncy castle, coconut shy, football game and other entertainment.

Kay’s sister Deborah Carey and brother John Oakman both Braved the Shave for Macmillan at the weekend as well, raising over £720.

Kay Hammett of Potters Bar.Kay Hammett of Potters Bar.

Former Potters Bar resident Janette said: “Kay absolutely loved her children and grandchildren.

“She loved the sea and she loved Cornwall.

“She had lots of friends from Slimming World.

“Obviously we can’t bring our sister back, but the fact that we have raised that money to help other families have the support that we have is totally overwhelming.

“People don’t realise how much everything costs, even the leaflets.

“You imagine the amount of people diagnosed on a daily basis and everyone in their family might want a leaflet.”

Janette also praised local business for their generosity in donating to the raffle for the fun day.

“All the businesses were so supportive.

“It was unbelievable.

“We were blown away by the generosity of local businesses,” she said.

Janette also praised her family, adding: “I’m so proud of everyone.”

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