Supportive co-workers secretly fundraising for Rosemere as friend begins chemo

Posted on - 24th February, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Leyland, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Inside a radiotherapy treatment room at Rosemere Cancer Centre
Inside a radiotherapy treatment room at Rosemere Cancer Centre

Staff at Leyland based pet supplies company have been fundraising for Rosemere Cancer Foundation in support of their colleague and friend.


R & E Bamford Ltd organised a birthday surprise for team member Liz O’Brien, who has recently undergone surgery for breast cancer.

Liz will be starting her chemotherapy treatment this week and unbeknown to her, her supportive colleagues raised £2,021 to present to Rosemere alongside some personal birthday presents.

Leah and Elin completed dry January

Elin Lloyd, Susan Bannister and Leah Coxhead kept a dry January, while Joe Nisbet shaved his head and Louisa Shannon completed a fundraising five mile walk around Brockholes with her 11-year-old daughter Jasmine.

Together with a £500 cheque from R & E Bamford Ltd, their efforts raised £2,021, their target figure to match the numbers in the year 2021, for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Louisa said: “Liz had talked about raising money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation so we wanted to show her we were thinking of her.

“We kept everything under wraps until Liz’s birthday so we could surprise her. We are very grateful to all who helped us raise the donation and know that Rosemere will put the money to good use.”

Elin said: “We wanted to raise some money to show support for our lovely friend and work colleague. It’s always been a joke in the office that myself and Leah drink too much so we thought giving up the booze would give us the most sponsorship we could get. We also thought Liz would find it comical.”

Susan also completed dry January

Susan continued: “We did it to support our friend Liz, who is about to start her treatment, and also for all ladies, who are going through/ about to start breast cancer treatment and for future patients.” 

Joe added: “I thought if Liz was going to lose her hair the least I could do was lose mine. I wanted to support her through this difficult time and raise money for such a good cause.” 

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