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Grateful thanks to fund-raiser Caro

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Grateful thanks to fund-raiser Caro

A breast cancer survivor who has raised more than £20,000 to help people receiving treatment for the disease at Hexham General Hospital has been thanked for her tremendous efforts.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has today (Thursday) held a reception to pay tribute to Caro Dickinson, from Newbrough, Hexham.

Caro’s fund-raising has enabled a biopsy machine to be bought for the breast cancer unit at Hexham hospital which will mean more people will be able to have their treatment locally, without having to travel out of the area. The machine is used to detect tumours which will speed up diagnosis and ensure any treatment, if required, is started earlier.

Caro started her fund-raising efforts in August 2012, two years after she finished her treatment for breast cancer, with a 25-mile walk along Hadrian’s Wall. Over the last 18 months she has held a number of events and raised £20,977.98 with the support of her family, friends and local businesses and trusts.

Caro chose to raise money for Hexham hospital to thank staff for the expert cancer care provided locally and for the care her husband Mark received after he was diagnosed with mouth cancer.

Caro said: “I am truly overwhelmed by the generosity of my family, friends and local businesses and trusts over the last 18 months and I am delighted with the amount we have been able to raise.

“It’s amazing that something so good has come out of a time which was extremely distressing for myself and my husband and that local people can now have more of their treatment locally in Hexham General Hospital which will be so much more convenient for them.

“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I couldn’t dream of walking so far so I was so pleased to complete the walk and battle through a thunderstorm along the way.”

Mr Michael Carr, consultant breast surgeon at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that Caro has raised such a phenomenal amount for our unit and we would like to thank her for her tremendous efforts and everyone who has supported her.

“Her hard work and determination over the last year and a half is truly inspirational and we are really touched that she has raised money to help improve patients’ experiences of receiving care with us

“Being diagnosed and receiving treatment for breast cancer are extremely distressing times for patients and their families and it will make such a difference to patients to be able to receive more care locally.”

Caro’s fund-raising is through the trust’s Bright charity, which works hard to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS but which ensure patients have the best experience possible during their stay in hospital.

For the last three years, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been named in the top ten best performing NHS Trusts in England when it comes to providing a top quality experience of care for cancer patients.

Teams of consultants and nurses provide specialist cancer care to hundreds of patients every day both in hospital and in the community across Northumberland and North Tyneside.