Ladies’ lunch raises almost £17,000 for Peterborough breast care unit

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Published 20.12.2022

The breast unit at Peterborough City Hospital has been presented with a donation of almost £17,000 thanks to a ladies’ charity lunch.

The annual event was organised earlier this year by city breast cancer survivor and campaigner Carol Collier, thanks to guests digging deep through raffle, auction and other donations.

 Carol started what has now become an important date in the business community calendar in 2015, after she was treated for breast cancer at Peterborough City Hospital following diagnosis from a routine mammogram in 2014.

And with the latest donation of £16,662 (which includes £500 donated by Ayshea Leet - a good friend of Carol’s who organised an afternoon her garden for friends) it takes the total during that time to a staggering £100,000.

Carol, who along with some of the charity lunch sponsors handed over the cheque to the breast care unit, said: “I was so grateful for all the excellent care I received from everyone in the breast care unit, and really wanted to do something to give back.

 “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people who have attended the annual lunch over the years – and to reach the £100,000 milestone this year is incredible.”

Some £12,000 was raised from the Ladies Charity Lunch in 2021. The money has helped to pay for a specialised tattoo machine to support patients with improving their body image, a refurbishment of the mobile breast screening van and staff development to provide a breast pain clinic in the community at Doddington Hospital in March.

Philip Fearn, Charity Project Manager for North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity, said: “The charity is enormously grateful to Carol for her tireless efforts in raising such a phenomenal amount.

 “We are always delighted to hear from patients and their families who are keen to raise money for a particular department or the Trust as a whole as a thank you for the excellent care they or their loved one has received.”

Peterborough City Hospital, Rutland and Stamford Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon are all part of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

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Left to right Christine Brown, Buckles Solicitors Chairman Collen Gostick, retired Breast Care Nurse Specialist Claire Hall, Anne Corder Recruitment Managing Director Nel Woolcott and Maria Osker from Holiday InnWest Peterborough. Front row; breast cancer campaigner Carol Collier and consultant breast surgeon Tholkifl Abdullah.

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