A CANCER survivor who was treated in the oncology ward at Queen’s Hospital has fulfilled a promise he made to staff when he was discharged – by raising money to support ongoing work.
David Mellor received treatment at the hospital after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma eight years ago. When he pulled through, he vowed he would repay the unit for the care and kindness he had received by doing something to help staff and patients using.
Last week, he presented the unit with a cheque for more than £3,000, which will go towards a new piece of equipment used by cancer patients.
Mr Mellor told the Mail: “The nurses there are dealing every day with folk who have got illnesses – some can be cured, and some can’t. They are very special people and I think it’s good, what they do. I wanted to give something back.”
Mr Mellor raised the money with a special seventies and eighties event organised with the backing of the Burton and District Caravan and Camping Club, for which he is the chairman.
Local businesses rallied to support the event, at Marston’s Sports and Social Club, and people flocked to enjoy the disco and party night. There was live singing, an auction, and even a dalek, which offered an interesting sci-fi twist to the evening.
Mr Mellor said: “I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to get our local club involved in raising money for the local community, and unfortunately the facts are one way or another we will either need this unit ourselves at some point or we will know someone who does.”
The group originally set out with the aim of raising enough money to buy an iPad for the ward, but as they counted the takings after the night, it was clear they would be able to afford a lot more.
After consultation with the hospital, it was decided the money would go towards an unltrasound scanner, a machine which finds veins and helps to enable treatment.
Chemotherapy unit manager Wendy Edge said: “This is a fantastic donation by David and his hard-working supporters and patients and staff on the Unit are very appreciative. The money will be used towards the costs of an ultrasound scanner which will help us to provide an even better service to our patients.”
The oncology unit at Queen’s was recently praised both nationally and in the Keogh report.