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Fundraising ball to say thank you for caring

28 August 2019


Two friends, Tracy Betchley and Joanne Pallant from Hockley raised more than £2,000 to say thank you to staff on Elizabeth Loury Ward at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for the care provided to Tracy after breast cancer treatment.

The pair, using their joint name Tassels and in association with FLOffice Support Limited, organised a fundraising ball at the Rochford Hundred Rugby Club earlier this summer. 88 guests attended and the £2,218 raised has been donated to Elizabeth Loury Ward.

In 2017, Tracy was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a full mastectomy and lymph node removal on her left side. Tracy stayed on Elizabeth Loury Ward during her treatment and said the staff there gave her "the best care."

Joanne said:"Tracy had received such fantastic support both emotionally and physically from Elizabeth Loury Ward, whilst undergoing the horrible effects of chemotherapy to fight breast cancer. We thought that this was the ideal place to benefit from any monies raised, as this ward has also helped many of our other friends over the years. The money raised is going towards new recliner chairs for the patients and visitors. This was our way of thanking and giving back to those who give so much to others."

Lisa Drake, Ward Manager said:"The team on Elizabeth Loury Ward  are really grateful to Tracy and Joanne for their fundraising.  This donation will enable us to replace some of our older chairs with more comfortable ones and will make a real difference for our patients."

Photo caption: Petra Rosier (Head of Nursing - Surgery and Oncology)
Lisa Drake (Elizabeth Loury Ward Manager)
Angela Cohen (Deputy Head of Nursing - Surgery and Oncology)
Tracy Betchley and Joanne Pallant in the centre
Rest of the team from Elizabeth Loury Ward