L- R: Laura Tomsett, Jackie Gibson, Katy Low, Emma Chaplin, Catherine O’Doherty and Sue Barry
Over 75 family, friends and colleagues joined together in support of Basildon Hospital's cancer services on Thursday 8 August. The evening raised funds for future health and wellbeing events for people living with and beyond cancer in the Basildon and Thurrock area.
The event was held at the Tandoori Parlour in Thundersley where guests enjoyed delicious food and music followed by a raffle with fantastic prizes that were all kindly donated by local businesses in the Basildon, Southend and Thurrock area.
Sue Barry, health and wellbeing coordinator at Basildon Hospital and organiser of the event said:
“We need to raise money so we can host more health and well-being events for patients living with and beyond cancer.
“Macmillan lead cancer nurse, Katy Low and I organise the health and wellbeing events that are designed to educate and empower patients promoting a positive and active lifestyle.
“These events help increase patients’ confidence and knowledge, enabling them to identify the consequences of treatments, deal with the physical and emotional distress associated with cancer and recognise symptoms of cancer recurrence. The events are supported by Basildon Hosital clinical nurses specialist group”.
“The event was very well attended and thank you to all sponsors who donated such wonderful prizes”
Jackie Gibson, cancer manager at Basildon commented:
“All previous events were funded by the Cancer Alliance and this budget is not ongoing.
“Off-site locations are a better environment for patients, but the costs are higher once we add in venue hire, speakers and catering.
“The funds raised at this event will improve the wellbeing of our cancer patients and their carers going forward”.
Congratulations to all winners on the night.