Welwyn Garden City tumour woman cooks for Valentine’s curry night

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 February 2014

Rev David Cattle, Tian Squire 8, Kiera Manning 8, Michelle Manning

Rev David Cattle, Tian Squire 8, Kiera Manning 8, Michelle Manning


A Welwyn Garden City mother fighting a growing brain tumour has organised a Valentine’s Day family fun evening to raise money for research.

With the help of two neighbours from the Haldens area, Michelle Manning, 37, of Nursery Hill, will cook a Thai curry for up to 60 people, and has arranged a rock disco as well as children’s activities such as face-painting.

As Michelle draws inspiration from her friend Scott Franey, whose battle with brain cancer was highlighted in last week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, she will give the proceeds of the event to Brain Tumour UK.

She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I am somebody who can’t sit around. I want to do this to support Scott, but also to remember my father.

“We want to raise lots of money for research.

“Brain cancer is something very few people know about.”

Thankfully for Michelle, whose father Steve died of lung cancer at 57 in July, her tumour is benign and treatable, but it affects her thought processes and short-term memory.

In June, she raised nearly £2,400 with a music and comedy night at the Shamrock Club in Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, but the Friday, February 14 event will be in the Christ the King Church Community Hall, in Haldens.

Michelle’s children, Kiera, eight, and Ki, 13, will be helping as hosts and waiters.

Her friend Catherine Holloway, who will help cook, told the WHT: “Michelle puts us all to shame.

“She never thinks about herself.

“She is always thinking about everyone else.”

Tickets, at £10 for adults and £5 for children, are available from Michelle on 07974 545895.

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