NHS staff raise money for local charity

Our staff have raised over £230 for a local cancer charity.

Staff from the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) organised a raffle and a cake sale to raise money for Leeds-based charity, Beyond Cancer.

The local charity was felt to be a deserving cause by their colleague Georgina Azzopardi, who is currently being treated for cancer and who has been supported by the charity during her treatment.

The charity was founded by three women who themselves were diagnosed with cancer in 2010. It provides support and a listening ear to anyone in Leeds during their stages of a cancer diagnosis, appointments and treatment, including a ‘special wishes’ pampering programme.

Georgina recalls that as she started her treatment, “one day, out of the blue, I received a gorgeous posy of flowers from Beyond Cancer.

“Pat from the charity came to visit me when I was having chemo and told me about their work. I learned that they not only offer emotional support but also practical support to those in need.

“I have been blessed with amazing friends, colleagues and people such as Pat, who have supported me every step of the way. They will never know how much their many kindnesses have meant to me during this incredibly difficult time. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”

Around 1 in 2 people are diagnosed with some form of cancer at some point in their life in the UK; the funds raised by CCG staff will go directly to supporting people in Leeds with the disease.

Chief Executive Officer of the NHS Leeds CCG Phil Corrigan said, “I’m really happy that we were able to support Beyond Cancer in this way. They’re a small charity but do some great work with local people and I know they’ve really helped Georgina.”

 

CCG staff with Georgina and representatives from Beyond Cancer
(L-R): Liz Micklethwaite, Phil Corrigan (NHS Leeds CCG), Pat Case (Beyond Cancer), Georgina Azzopardi, Paula Swanston (Beyond Cancer) and Jo Howard (NHS Leeds CCG)