The members of Prittlewell Bowls Club in Southend have raised over £1,600 for Broomfield Hospital’s Chemotherapy unit.
Tony Riley, president of Prittlewell BC, nominated the hospital as his charity of the year as his wife Sandra is currently undergoing treatment for stomach cancer. Tony and Sandra were accompanied by their daughter Jenny to present the cheque.
“The Chemotherapy department at Broomfield does a fantastic amount of work,” said Tony. “A lot of the money came from sponsors and events we held, and the Chelsea pensioners also made a donation. We had a very busy year as it was our 90th anniversary, so it’s been very special.
“Sandra has done fantastically well and I’d like to thank all the staff here. The surgeons, the staff on Heybridge ward, and everyone in the chemotherapy department all do a fantastic job.”
“All the nurses have treated me so well,” Sandra added.
Lisa Villiers, Macmillan nurse consultant for chemotherapy, explained what impact donations like Prittlewell’s have: “I am constantly overwhelmed by people going above and beyond in trying to support our services. All the money goes back into patient care. We use it to improve the environment, for reflexology and to improve facilities. This makes people more comfortable and helps them get through their treatment.”