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TV presenter Ruth Wignall backs Macmillan's Night In fundraiser

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

Ruth Wignall and her mother Liz Dodsworth supporting Macmillan's Night In.

GOWER TV presenter Ruth Wignall is urging people in Wales to give up their night out and instead opt for a night in to support a leading cancer charity.

She has been inspired to back the Macmillan fundraiser after the charity helped her family through her grandfather's cancer battle.

The ITV Cymru Wales presenter is hoping to aid others who are suffering with the disease by lending her support for the charity's Night In on Friday, May 16.

It gives people the chance to catch up with friends, have a laugh and something to eat and drink.

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Macmillan is encouraging people to donate any cash they would have spent on a night out.

Ruth said the charity was such a help to her own family.

She said: "Our involvement with Macmillan started when my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer and secondary bone cancer 20 years ago.

"He was ill for such a long time and the degeneration was quite brutal, but Macmillan made all the difference to my nan and my mum.

"They did home visits, they helped with the practicality of it all and they were someone to talk to at such a lonely time — they were an extension of the family.

"There's strength in numbers and you're not alone — that's where Macmillan is so good."

The link with the charity continued as her dad Stephen Dodsworth was diagnosed with blood cancer three years ago.

Mr Dodsworth, aged 63, had to undergo an operation to remove a secondary tumour on his spine following his diagnosis, but doctors were unable to remove it all because of where it was uncovered.

Mum-of-two Ruth said: "Dad has a type of blood cancer and he's doing really well. He has a really good quality of life but we know that that won't always be the case.

"Knowing that Macmillan is there and will be there for him and my mum makes a huge difference."

Ruth said she thought the charity night in concept was a great way of raising money.

Anyone wishing to take part can get their Night In kit by calling 0300 1000 200 or visiting the charity's website.

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