Brave Michelle’s boost for new chemo unit

Michelle White (left) presents Lynne Morgan, Joanne Kippax and Sister Angela Holden, of Burnley General Hospitals chemotherapy suite, with the money from her race night. (S)

Michelle White (left) presents Lynne Morgan, Joanne Kippax and Sister Angela Holden, of Burnley General Hospitals chemotherapy suite, with the money from her race night. (S)

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A student teacher fighting cancer brought family and friends under starter’s orders when she organised a sell-out charity race night at Pendle Forrest Sports Club.

Michelle White, who lives in Fence with daughter Lauren (16), passed the post with a magnificent £1,094.40 for the Rosemere Burnley Chemotherapy Unit Appeal.

Michelle, who works at St Thomas’ CE Primary School in Barrowford, is a patient of the hospital’s present chemotherapy unit where she is currently having Herceptin injections.

She has previously had chemotherapy there and also attended Rosemere’s cancer centre for radiotherapy after a breast cancer diagnosis last May.

She organised the race night as a thank you to all those involved in her care.

Michelle said: “It was a really worthwhile evening and the tickets sold out for it very quickly. Thank you to everybody who came and supported the event.

“I just wanted to give something back. The injections I am having are very expensive and I would have been really lost without them.”

Throughout the last 12 months, Michelle has continued with her teacher training through the University of Cumbria, which involved attending Lancaster University.

She added: “I have had a lot of support from family and friends and my work colleagues have been great.

“I have a 16-year-old daughter and you’ve just got to get on with it and keep going.

“There are people in the unit that are worse than I am who are so positive and the nurses are great.”

On the night, members of St Anne’s Church in Fence helped Michelle with the racing part of the evening, pies for a pie and pea supper were donated by Padiham’s Simply Classic Bistro and finger rolls for hotdogs were donated by Oddie’s Bakery in Nelson.

There was an auction for meals donated by the White Swan, Fence, and The Four Alls, Higham, and other local businesses donated raffle prizes.

The Rosemere appeal has now reached £90,000 of its £100,000 target which is half the cost of building a brand new state-of-the-art chemotherapy unit at Burnley General Hospital.