THE battle against breast cancer has been given a boost thanks to grateful staff at a store.
Lynne Peacock, 57, was diagnosed with breast cancer after undergoing tests. She was invited to the University Hospital of North Tees for a routine mammogram nearly two years ago.
Ever since, the staff at the trust’s sites in both North Tees and Hartlepool have been a huge support to Lynne as she has undergone treatment and follow-up appointments.
Lynne works at a Sainsbury’s store in Horden and the backing she got from the health trust clearly had an impact on her colleagues.
Staff decided they would do something to say thank you for the support their colleague had received from health experts at the trust, and raised £925 for breast care.
The store – raises money for a different cause every year.
After an appointment where she had the mammogram, Lynne had an operation to remove the cancerous lump. She was then given four weeks of radiotherapy treatment at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
Lynne said: “All of the staff I have been treated by at both Hartlepool and North Tees have been absolutely brilliant.
“Being diagnosed with something like this is clearly very worrying, but staff have always made me feel comfortable and have put me at ease.
“The store always raise money for local causes and I thought it was only right that we raised money for the breast cancer care.
“We held a collection in the store, which customers have donated very generously to and we would like to thank them for that.”
Lynne added: “The work these staff do is fantastic and I know this money will be used to treat other patients like myself who need it.”
Lynne, who is a mother to two daughters and has four grandchildren, lives in Blackhall with her husband David, 57. She still visits the University Hospital of Hartlepool every six months for an appointment.
Specialist breast cancer nurses Karen Milburn and Geraldine Croft visited the store last week to say their own thank you.
Karen said: “We are very grateful to the all of the community in Horden who have donated and we would like to thank Sainsburys for doing this.
“This is money that will go towards improving the care we provide to patients who really need our help.”
The trust provides hospital and community-based health care to around 365,000 people living in Hartlepool, East Durham and the surrounding areas.