A cancer patient has said thank you to the doctors and surgeons who treated her by raising £5,000 for their hospital wards.
Tracy Leftley, of Harrier Close, Cottesmore, was treated at Peterborough Hospital after being diagnosed with breast cancer in December last year.
She remembers the shock and fear she felt, but also the immediate help given to her at the hospital.
“They can’t say everything is going to be okay, but they just have this way of saying the right things at the right time,” said Tracy. “They are amazing.”
Hair and beauty teacher Tracy, 43, was told she needed chemotherapy so decided to do a sponsored head shave before she lost her locks. She handed over the clippers to her best friend Val Lynch, who was also sponsored.
The head shave was so successful that Tracy and her husband Jonathan decided to keep raising money. They organised a charity golf event and a fundraising evening with family and friends at Barnsdale Hall Hotel. Businesses donated raffle prizes from Pandora charms to a holiday for a week in Spain.
And this month Tracy handed over £5,000 to the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust. The money will be split between the breast unit, where she was treated by consultant breast surgeon Kefil Abdullah and consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon Steven Goh, and the oncology services, where she was seen by consultant oncologist Dr Karen McAdam.
Tracy said: “The charity event was my way of thanking the medical staff, my family and friends for their support throughout my treatment. They kept my spirits up and the fundraising kept me very busy.”
Tracy plans to continue raising funds for the hospital. She thanked the Stamford businesses who donated prizes for her funraising event, including Rapport, Lambs, You and Beyond, Stamford Cheese Cellar, Stamford Cupcake Company and Pia.