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09 August

Curry night raises a spicy £1000 for Breast unit

Malina Silva
Malina Silva (r) with nurse Carolyn Ollenbuttel

Former patient Malina Silva raised £1000 for the breast unit by organising a curry night in Chelmsford.

Malina, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2017 and completed her treatment in August the following year, gathered a group of over 40 friends for an evening of fine food at Indian Nights on London Road followed by a raffle.

The evening raised £722 which was topped up to £1000 by Malina’s generous husband.

Malina said: “The treatment I received here was first-class. I’m originally from Malaysia and if I was diagnosed there, not only would I have to worry about the treatment but I’d also have to pay for it. Miss (Gill) Clayton, my surgeon, said there’s nothing I have to worry about and that they were giving me everything they can. That really struck a chord.

“Everyone who I met during my treatment was excellent. I was in tears waiting for one my scans and one of the nurses just came up and hugged me. She said, ‘I know what you’re going through, you’ll be fine.’ It’s those small gestures that make all the difference.”

Carolyn Ollenbuttel, lead nurse for breast care, said: “I’d like to thank Malina ever so much on behalf of the department. We will put it into our charity fund which we use for staff training and buying pictures to improve the environment. We try to make it an informal, friendly department."