A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER has praised the people of Hartlepool who backed a collection to thank organisations which helped her deal with cancer.
Barbara Watson, 67, was told the devastating news she has lung cancer is undergoing radio and chemotherapy.
Barbara, who has been married to David, 67, for 47 years, previously battled breast cancer in 1990.
Her latest battle prompted neighbour Sheila Armstrong to start raising money, which Barbara could donate to organisations she wanted to thank.
Barbara, who lives on the Central Estate, in Hartlepool, said: “Sheila said that when she mentioned my name, people would buy tickets straight away.
“It touched my heart, knowing that so many people care about you.
“There are a lot of good people in Hartlepool.”
A raffle throughout June helped to raise £600, which was split between Hartlepool & District Hospice and Macmillan Nurses.
Barbara and David have three children, Mark, 47, Dean, 45 and Craig, 40, as well as five grandchildren, David, 27, Tanya, 25, Glen, 25, Perri, 23 and Kieran, 17, and two great-grandchildren.
When Barbara was first diagnosed Kieran, who was 15 at the time, did the Santa Fun Run for the hospice and raised more than £400.
Barbara, who has been treated at Hartlepool, North Tees and James Cook hospitals, said: “All of the hospitals have been absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t ask them to do any more.
“The girls at the chemotherapy ward in Hartlepool have been amazing.”
As well as the people of Hartlepool, Barbara paid tribute to her family.
She said: “They’ve just been amazing, they are round all the time and have a been a big support.
“I’m in a good place at the moment and I thank everyone for what they’ve done.
“You don’t realise how big a heart some people in Hartlepool have.”