Amy’s Army have raised an amazing £12,342 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation in a matter of weeks.Advertisement
The volunteers signed up to walk or run a collective 21,196km (13,171 miles), the equivalent of the full length of the Great Wall of China, and then the equivalent miles back from China to Preston, in support of Penwortham mum-of-two Amy Mills.
31-year-old Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2020. In March this year, having undergone three surgeries, 18 weeks of chemotherapy and 15 radiotherapy sessions, Amy decided to mark the anniversary of her diagnosis by fundraising for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Her proviso was that all her donation is spent on a project to benefit patients attending the Chemotherapy Day Unit at Rosemere Cancer Centre, where Amy still regularly goes for top-up drug treatment aimed at stopping her cancer from returning.
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Amy said: “I am so grateful to the 500 plus people who joined Amy’s Army to log miles and help me raise such a fantastic amount of money, which I know is set to do a lot of good.
“I would also like to thank the local businesses that supported our raffle.
“I was only 30 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had no history of cancer in my family. Initially, I kept what I was going through to myself and those who had to know as it was lockdown.
“I then decided to do something positive to raise awareness of this cruel disease and, as I will be a patient of the Chemotherapy Day Unit for the next three years, raise some funds for it as a thank you to the all its wonderful nurses and staff.
“My aim was to raise £1,000 so to have achieved more than £12,000 is unbelievable and I hope to do more over the coming months.”
Dan Hill said: “We are extremely grateful to Amy and her army for this amazing donation, which is very timely. We are expecting a request for funding from the Chemotherapy Day Unit for some important new kit that will benefit a lot of patients.
“I cannot say more at this stage but the bid should go before our management committee for approval at its meeting in July, which means we could be spending Amy’s funds very soon.”
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