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Thoughtful Penwortham resident donated tables so chemotherapy patients can be more comfortable whilst undergoing treatment

Posted on - 26th January, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News
Marian with her husband John Penrose

Rosemere Cancer Centre have benefited from a donation made by a thoughtful Penwortham resident.

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Marian Penrose, 81, donated £1,600 to Rosemere Cancer
Foundation with the proviso that the charity spent the money on special tables that go over the treatment chairs in the centre’s Chemotherapy Day Case Unit.

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As a result of this donation, Rosemere Cancer Foundation bought six new
tables, meaning that now 12 of the unit’s total of 16 treatment chairs have
their own table and the four that don’t are used for much shorter periods of
time so tables are not necessary.

Marian was diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma in 2014 and underwent two lots of multiple chemotherapy day sessions at the unit as part of her treatment, so understood how important the tables are.

Ward manager with one of Marian’s new tables

She said: “When you are there for a full day, you need a table for drinks, food, your telephone and things. To have one makes for a more comfortable time.

“As I had to be there for 8-30 am, I was usually lucky enough to get a chair
with a table but I felt sorry for those who missed out.

“I can’t thank Rosemere Cancer Centre and my consultant enough for the treatment I have received, including being put on a clinical trial, as when I was diagnosed, I was told I had three to six months. That was seven years ago so this is my way of saying thank you.”

Marian’s donation was made up of donations by family members in lieu of
presents when Marian had a party to celebrate her 80th birthday in 2019.

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Shortly after Marian’s diagnosis, two of her grandchildren, sister and brother Katie and James Penrose, donated just short of £3,000 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation after they and some friends were sponsored to complete the National Three Peaks in 24 hours (Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon and Ben
Nevis).

Dan Hill, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s chief officer, said: “We are very
grateful to Marian on two counts.

“Firstly for the donation and secondly, for highlighting that tables are a necessity and not a luxury to those patients being treated for long periods of time in the Chemotherapy Day Case Unit. No patient needing a table should now be without one.”

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