A STUDENT raised more than £1,500 for Warwick Hospital after her mum was diagnosed with cancer.
Back in 2013 Anna Green was told the devastating news her mother Sue would need surgery to remove a tumour in her breast.
During Sue’s treatment, Anna’s family spent a lot of time at the Aylesford Unit experiencing first-hand the work of the staff.
And having watched her mum undergo four months of chemotherapy, the teen was inspired to raise funds and help those in a similar situation.
She recently completed the Birmingham Colour Run – an event which sees participants sprayed with paint during a 5km run in a white t-shirt – in aid of the Aylesford Unit.
Speaking about the charity challenge, she said: “Most people complete a half marathon, a swim or a cycle race however when I stumbled upon the Colour Run the values behind it couldn’t have fitted better.
“It is only a 5K run but that doesn’t mean it is any less significant – it celebrates being healthy, happy and shows a positive attitude can take you anywhere.
“My mum stands by the saying ‘Don’t let the world change your smile, let your smile change the world’ and it’s that phrase, which inspired us to raise funds and give back to the unit that’s cared so deeply for her.
“The Aylesford Unit has not only helped my mum but also many others, and I know it is so important to recognise their amazing work.”
Ali Gray, fund-raising manager, said: “We are really grateful to Anna for fundraising for the Aylesford Unit as it is thanks to this sort of support that we are able to offer patients enhanced equipment and nicer environments to receive treatment making every step a lot easier to cope with.”
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust recently submitted plans to build a new cancer ward – modelled on the Aylesford Unit – at its Stratford Hospital site in Arden Street.
It is hoped the new facilities will support local patients and make it easier for them to travel to appointments.
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