Ellen Lemmon, age 9, recently visited the Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital to donate funds that had been raised in memory of her mum, Julia Lemmon, who was treated at the centre.
Julia sadly lost her brave thirteen year battle with breast and bowel cancer in April this year. Having witnessed the wonderful help and support her mum received from staff at the Woodlands, Ellen wanted to find a way to say thank you.
Ellen enlisted the help of her school friends and class teacher, Miss Bell and they held a cake sale at Spaldwick Primary School. Donations of cakes and biscuits flooded in from the school community and enabled the team to raise £215.
Accompanied by her Dad Adrian and her Brother Ben, Ellen presented the funds from the cake sale to Dr Cheryl Palmer, who treated her mum at the Woodlands Centre.
Upon receiving the donation, Dr Palmer said: “On behalf of all of the staff at the Woodlands Centre, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Ellen, Adrian, Ben and everyone who helped in the cake sale. Losing a loved one is a very difficult time for families, and this is a really positive way to honour Julia’s memory. She was an incredibly special lady.
“Ellen has advised that we can use these funds to purchase equipment for the chemotherapy unit. This is fantastic and will be put towards the purchase of additional scalp cooling machines that can help to ensure patients keep their hair when receiving chemotherapy”.
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