Peak challenge joy in honour of battling Gill

Two charity events have helped to raise thousands of pounds to help enrich cancer care for patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Saturday, 20th August 2016, 9:00 am
Peter and Simon Cotton and Clare Keane present a cheque for £15,000 to Alison Melvin and Pavel Bezecny at the Macmillan Windmill Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Claire Keane, Simon Cotton and Georgina Nightingale organised a walk across the Yorkshire Three Peaks and a charity ball at Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers Football Club, in memory of Simon’s mother, Gill, who was treated in the Macmillan Windmill Unit at the hospital.

The two events, plus some extra donations which were given to the cause, have raised £15,000, which has been given to the unit to help enhance patient care.

The ball, held in July, was attended by 120 people.

Claire added: “Everyone had a really good night. It took a lot of organising but it was well worth it. Everyone was asking us to do another one!”

The two events remembered Gill Cotton, who died in June having been diagnosed and treated for cancer since January.

Her husband, Peter, of St Annes, said: “The care and support that both Gill and I received as Gill went through her treatment was fantastic. Not just in the hospital but in the community as well. I can honestly say we have both had absolutely marvellous care, and we can’t thank the doctors and nurses enough.”

Pavel Bezecny, a Consultant on the Macmillan Windmill Unit, said: “We are extremely grateful to Peter, Simon, Claire and Georgina for this amazing donation they have made, and for all the effort and hard work they put into raising it.”