A Chesterfield couple have raised an outstanding £7,000 for the cancer hospital which saved their daughter’s life 12 years ago – using plants.
Susan and John Green’s daughter, Anne, who was 22 at the time, was diagnosed with late-stage Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2003, a cancer in the lymphatic system.
Anne was sent straight to Weston Park Hospital, in Sheffield, to begin treatment
Keen musician, Anne, who was studying English at Derby College at the time, was offered the chance to go on a pioneering clinical trial and started on a course of chemotherapy at the hospital.
Anne said: “When I arrived at hospital, my cancer was so advanced they were unsure how effective my treatment would be. But under the care of Professor Barry Hancock, I had the opportunity to go on a clinical trial which... began reducing my tumours after just two treatment sessions.”
After completing the treatment, Anne began a course of Radiotherapy.
She continued: “When I realised that the treatment had in fact worked, I just couldn’t believe it. Six months earlier I was facing the reality that I may not live to survive this disease but thanks to [the hospital]... I suddenly had everything to live for.”
In the last 12 years, Susan and John vowed to raise as much money as possible for the hospital’s dedicated charity, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
From collections on the tills at Spring Bank Nurseries, a garden centre they own in Barlborough, to selling end- of-the-line plants for charity, the Green’s have raised an incredible £7,000.
Susan Green said: “It would be fantastic if more people could support this vital service and volunteer to help.”
“Funding makes it possible for clinical trials, similar to the one Anne went on... Without this funding, Anne may not have been here today and for that, we will be forever thankful.”
If you would like to volunteer call 01142265370 or visit www.wphcc.org.uk/tins