Staff say thanks to cancer charity

Tony McCoy (third left) from Macmillan is presented with a cheque for �915 by IntraHealth Health Services staff (left to right) Glenn and Elizabeth Carroll, Wendy Batty, Thelma Martin, Shirley Lonsdale, Theresa Davies and Greg Moorhouse
Tony McCoy (third left) from Macmillan is presented with a cheque for �915 by IntraHealth Health Services staff (left to right) Glenn and Elizabeth Carroll, Wendy Batty, Thelma Martin, Shirley Lonsdale, Theresa Davies and Greg Moorhouse

SURGERY staff showed their gratitude to a cancer support group that has helped an employee deal with the disease.

Wendy Batty, a receptionist at IntraHealth’s Arbroath House doctor’s surgery, in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, was diagnosed with a malignant neuro endocrine tumour of the thymus gland, which lies under the breastbone, in May 2010.

Wendy returned to work on July 4 and is now cancer-free.

The 46-year-old Blackhall resident said: “Being diagnosed with cancer last year was without doubt the most terrifying thing I have ever had to face in my entire life.

“I was very lucky to have the marvellous support of my family, friends and colleagues, but sometimes it is still a very lonely road to walk if it had not been for the fantastic support from Macmillan.

“It is a truly wonderful service that deserves all the support it gets and more.

“I will be eternally grateful for all the help I received during my illness and beyond.”

Wendy and colleagues have raised £915 for Macmilllan Cancer Support to say thank you for the support given to Wendy.

The charity also works closely with Arbroath House surgery and its sister surgery, the William Brown Centre, in Manor Way, Peterlee, through the work of Macmillan nurse Tony McCoy.

The money was raised through a family funday held by the surgeries, under the Easington and Peterlee Medical Group (EPMG) banner, at the William Brown Centre last month.

It was held to mark the joint centenary of the EPMG and Macmillan.

Despite torrential rain, more than 200 people supported the event and helped to raise the impressive amount of money for the cancer charity.

Elizabeth Carroll, IntraHealth’s patient and community liaison officer, said: “Staff decided that one of the ways they would like to celebrate this milestone would be to hold a charity event.

“They chose Macmillan Cancer Support as they work closely with Macmillan Nurse Tony McCoy and one of our colleagues, Wendy Batty, was receiving support from the charity.

“We approached Macmillan to discuss our idea and discovered that 2011 is also their centenary year which made the choice even more apt.”

Macmillan fundraising manager Sarah Goldie said: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who was involved in this event.

“So much hard work was put in to make it a great success and even though the weather stopped some things from happening on the day it was a fantastic amount raised and everyone should be proud.

“It was a great event to celebrate 100 years for the practice and also for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“Without people like EPMG supporting Macmillan we would not receive much needed funds to help people affected by cancer.”