Breast cancer care boosted by two very grateful patients

Two Hartlepool patients have visited the town’s breast service to show their appreciation for the care they have had.

Both patients visited the unit this month to show their gratitude and to present the team with funds they have raised.

Christine Humble was diagnosed with breast cancer more than two years ago and has since had four operations.

To give something back to the service, Christine and her colleagues at Thirteen Housing Group raised more than £1,500 by holding a dress down at work day.

The same day Christine dropped her cheque off, Carlie Redshaw and her mum Tracey Halcrow also visited the breast service to hand over £1,175 – to be split between the breast unit and the chemotherapy unit at Hartlepool. The family also made a smaller donation to the trust’s cancer information centre for its seatbelt cushion service which helps women who have had breast surgery.

Carlie was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has since had surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

The family held a fundraiser at the Hartlepool Northern Soul club.

Breast care nurse Karen Milburn said: “We are so grateful to both Christine and to Carlie for their fantastic donations.”

Consultant surgeon Matei Dordea added: “It’s fantastic to see both Christine and Carlie looking so well. We really appreciate the donations they have made and want to thank all of their friends and families for helping raise such fantastic amounts. This will help us to invest in the service so we can continue to improve care for patients.”

Top photo (left to right): Ahmed Shalaby (Registrar), Karen Milburn, Christine Humble and Matei Dordea.

Bottom photo (left to right): Associate practitioner Tracey Cruikshanks, nurse Lesley Knights,  Carlie Redshaw and Tracey Halcrow, with Matei Dordea and Karen Milburn.

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