A BILLINGHAM based support group for women going through breast cancer has thanked a generous supporter for a big cash boost.
The Gentlelady Care group, which offers support and encouragement to women battling the disease, received £550 courtesy of Sharon Scott.
She raised £1,100 for two local cancer support groups when she asked for donations instead of gifts at her 50th birthday party recently.
Sharon, who lives in Billingham, decided to split the cash equally between Gentlelady Care and Hartlepool’s Pansies cancer support group.
Julie O’Neill, of Gentlelady Care, said: “It is huge for us. We are just so grateful to Sharon and the generosity of all her family and friends.
“We are a self funding group and raise money through raffles and bag packs so this will really make a difference.”
Sharon, who works for Stockton Borough Council, lost her grandmother, Katie Pearce, and aunt, Cath Nellis, to breast cancer.
Cath would have been 70 on the day of Sharon’s birthday party which was held at Low Grange Social Club in Billingham.
Gentlelady Care meet on the last Wednesday of the month at Billingham Rugby Club, Greenwood Road, at 7.30pm.
Julie, who has overcome breast cancer, added: “A lot of us, myself included, have experience of having gone through breast cancer.
“It is a very worrying time when you are diagnosed, thinking ‘is this the end?’
“There is always somebody here who will have had something similar if not exactly the same and they can talk through the process.”