Cancer survivor’s 1,400 ways of saying ‘thank you’

CHARITY CHAMP ... Janice Hobbs.
CHARITY CHAMP ... Janice Hobbs.
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A CANCER survivor has raised £1,400 to give something back to health staff who helped her on the road to recovery.

A year ago Janice Hobbs, 50, of Milton Street, Jarrow, had an operation to remove a tumour in the femur of her right leg at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

To say thank you to the dedicated staff on Ward 20, she staged a fundraising night for the Freeman at Jarrow’s Alberta Social Club, where she was a barmaid until being diagnosed in April last year.

“Everyone had a fantastic night, we didn’t expect to raise that much. We were amazed,” she said.

“The money will go to Ward 20, where I was helped.

“I phoned them up and they were over the moon with the amount raised.

“I’m going to get one of those big cheques made up and present it to them.”

Janice has made good progress in the months since and although she still undergoes regular check-ups, she’s hopeful of “heading in the right direction”.

Janice, who raised £662 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation from a head shave last year, said: “This was a chance to give something back for the support I received from staff on Ward 20.

“It’s a year since the operation and my hair has grown back – I’ve had four haircuts now.

“I still go back to the Freeman for checks on my leg and I’m still in a lot of pain.

“There was a possibility of the cancer reaching my chest but, touch wood, that hasn’t happened, with X-rays showing that is clear. I’m heading in the right direction and I feel good. People say I am looking good.”

Janice was buoyed last year when she was invited to meet Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Elsie, at the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle, after she heard about the fundraising effort for her late husband’s foundation.

She told Lady Elsie all about her late father Jimmy Hobbs, a Jarrow Marcher and Newcastle United supporter.

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