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Pub quiz raises £2,000 for owner’s cancer fight

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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A CHARITY pub quiz left fund-raises ‘dumbfounded’ after almost £2,000 was raised after its owner was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Staff and customers at the Alfred Alehouse in Derby Road clubbed together to raise £1,764 to show their support for owner Penny Walker.

The 54-year-old landlady, of Field Lane, Burton, is currently undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy to treat the cancer after a lump was found during a routine check-up in March.

Now, her friends and colleagues aim to raise more than £2,000 for the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

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The pub’s manager Charlotte Denton said: “We were dumbfounded with the level of support.

“We never realised how important Penny is to so many people. It was really fantastic.”

The story of Penny’s diagnosis featured the Mail last month, when she said her treatment involved being injected with a cocktail of drugs, leaving her with the feeling of a ‘constant hangover’.

Penny’s hopes of the disease being easily treated were dealt a blow when she was told her a the disease had spread to her lymph nodes.

But doctors remain positive that Penny will beat the disease, despite the setback.

In a show of solidarity, her partner Jackie shaved her head after Penny began to lose hers (see pictures) as a result of the invasive treatment.

Jackie, 55, of also of Field Lane, said: “Penny is doing okay, she has had a few good days but after this round of treatment she might be quite poorly for a week.

“But she is keeping her chin up and has a smile on her face.”

Jackie, who has been Penny’s partner for 18 years, urged all women to take advantage free mammogram checks, which was how Penny was diagnosed.

Jackie said: “The message we are trying out to both men and women is to get checked.”

The Alfred Alehouse will host a Poetry and Pint night on Friday, June 6, also to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Anyone who would like to donate to the cause should visit www.justgiving.com/thealfredalehouseburton

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