Teacher trumpets cancer all-clear with musical performance

Tuning up before the show are recovering cancer patient Glenis Smith with her husband Keith and children Philippa and David Smith, who are all participating in a concert in Sherburn Working Men's Club to raise funds for the Macmillan Appeal.
Tuning up before the show are recovering cancer patient Glenis Smith with her husband Keith and children Philippa and David Smith, who are all participating in a concert in Sherburn Working Men's Club to raise funds for the Macmillan Appeal.
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A TEACHER is celebrating the all-clear after being treated for breast cancer.

Glenis Smith was diagnosed in September last year, but has now successfully overcome the illness.

“It’s such a relief,” said the 58-year-old from Sherburn Village.

“It’s always in the back of your mind.”

Glenis, a teacher at Hetton Lyons Primary School for 37 years, will celebrate her good news with a night of live music.

The event, at Sherburn Village Working Men’s Club on Friday, will see Glenis play trumpet alongside her daughter Philippa, a member of the City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra, while her son David and husband Keith will also be on the bill, playing in their own bands.

Throughout her treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Glenis was supported by her family and Macmillan nurses.

Money raised from her gig will go towards Macmillan.

“They nurses were so good to us,” she said.

“You always knew they were there on the end of the phone.

“It’s very scary, because you just don’t know what’s going to happen.

“They can’t take care of the medical side of things, but they take away the worrying.”

The show was due to take place in June, but was postponed due to Glenis’ health.

“I’d just finished my treatment and didn’t feel well enough, so we had to delay it, but now I’m feeling much better.

“All the bands playing have some way been affected by cancer through family members. This is why we chose these bands.”

The show starts at 7pm and features Cosyjo, the Wildon Brothers Blues Band, Dennis and Gaynor Marie. Tickets cost £3 each, from behind the bar or from Keith Smith on 372 0749.

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