Former patients of the Peterborough City Hospital breast unit have donated a cheque for £3,578, which they raised selling a calendar girls style publication of their own design, Gracefully Uncovered for Breast Cancer.
Michelle Davenport, Steph Tarrier, Kerry Ash, Caroline Clifton and Sharon Post are the stars of the calendar. Michelle arranged all of the suppliers and led the ladies in their journey of fun while she was undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Michelle said “The girls and I are completely overwhelmed by the amount of money we have raised. We had an initial print run of 200 Calendars which sold out within 10 days. Due to the generosity of our printer, Fisher Print Ltd, and local companies PJ Thory Ltd & East Midlands Waste, we were able to arrange further print runs.
“We hope to help others who receive a diagnosis to see it as the start of a different journey. We had great fun putting the calendar together, forming lifelong friendships and it has helped us to embrace the changes in our bodies and minds. We were all treated at Peterborough City Hospital and we wanted to give something back to those who helped us, including the consultants, nurses and volunteers. We can't thank them enough for their support in helping us through these difficult times.”
Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Mr Goh, said: “'We are privileged to have a network of volunteers and patients who regularly make invaluable contributions and donations to our breast unit. These funds are used to update our skillsets (for example supporting our nurses to attend courses), to invest in the latest theatre equipment and to provide our future patients with post mastectomy bras. It is also important to highlight that treatment for breast cancer is effective and the earlier the disease is diagnosed, the better the outcome.'' Sales of the calendar raised a total of £7156 which has been split between the Breast Unit and Cancer Research UK.