BUSINESSES in Burton are doing their bit to help make the dreams of a cancer-suffering nursery worker come true.
Staff at Stretton Day Nursery are currently in the midst of a campaign to raise £5,000 for their colleague Alison Hadfield, who is suffering from liver cancer.
It is the latest in a long line of knocks which Miss Hadfield has had to endure, beginning when she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver when she was 15.
In recent years she has also fallen ill with a splenic aneurysm before receiving the news last year she had cancer.
With Miss Hadfield planning to marry her long-term partner James this year, colleagues and friends have clubbed together to try to send her on the perfect honeymoon.
After the staff got the ball rolling with various events held at the Derby Road nursery, the message has spread far and wide with firms across Burton and beyond doing their bit to add to the amount staff have raised, which has so far reached more than £1,300.
The pot is set to be boosted significantly thanks to the team at DHL in Barton under Needwood who have raised £1,400 from various initiatives including a charity football match at Stapenhill Football Club, while staff at Brantano, in Union Street, are also doing their bit to bolster the total, holding collections in store.
Philip Isom, an employee at DHL, and a distant relative of Alison’s, convinced his colleagues to get involved.
He said: “To be honest I’ve never met Alison, but I’m looking forward to meeting her. It’s a sad world and hopefully we can get her the honeymoon she deserves.”
Alison’s story has even reached as far as Tenerife, where family of her husband-to-be held a charity entertainment night which raised £800.
Helen Eaton, who works at Stretton Day Nursery, said: “It’s fantastic. There’s a touch of sadness when we remember why we’re doing it, but the generosity of people, especially in such hard times, has been unbelievable.”