Lung cancer team pull together to raise funds after charity ball impact

A lung cancer nurse has helped raise more than £5,000 for cancer care – after overcoming the challenge of the team’s annual charity ball being cancelled.

Every year the Macmillan lung cancer service at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust hold an event and donate all of the proceeds to cancer treatment.

Around £60,000 has been raised to date – all split between the Trust’s lung cancer fund and Macmillan Cancer Support.

When it became clear that this year’s winter event would not be possible due to the effects of COVID-19, the team wanted to still push forward with collecting funds.

Determined that the fundraising appeal would go ahead, lung cancer nurse Amanda McNeany and her friend Karen Frankland came up the idea to hold a virtual event at the weekend.

After inviting people to the party on Facebook, she collected a range of raffle prizes from local businesses and people.

She said: “I was completely overwhelmed by the response we have had.

“We know that without the amazing charity ball we hold every year, it was always going to be difficult to gain the same level of interest and support.

“So I couldn’t believe it when so many people started to join the event and make donations. Before we knew it we were at nearly £5,000 – an incredible achievement.”

Prizes included a cottage holiday, beauty products, drinks and chocolates goodies and arts and crafts things.

Earlier in the year, lung cancer nurse and keen knitter Jeanette Draffan also decided to do her bit by making and selling soft toys – raising more than £1,000.

Jeanette also worked with Victoria Baker BHSI Coaching who kindly hosted a horse riding day – helping raise a further £1,300.


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