Cancer battler in bid to help others

Fundraiser Carol Holliday (right) and friend Joan Stewart

Fundraiser Carol Holliday (right) and friend Joan Stewart

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A CHARITY champion who won her battle against cancer is determined to show that survivors can still live life to the full.

Carol Holliday, 61, from Whitburn, was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine health check last year.

Doctors discovered the condition in time, and Carol had a successful operation to remove a lump in her breast in September, followed by an intense course of radiotherapy.

She was given the all-clear after completing her radiotherapy sessions in November and was determined to give something back to those who gave her vital support at her time of need.

The mum-of-one raised £1,500 for the Daft as a Brush charity, based at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, which organises free transport to and from appointments for cancer patients, at a fund-raiser held at Whitburn Cricket Club.

Carol said: “I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones. My cancer was caught in time. I want to show that you can get over it and live a full life.

“After I was diagnosed, I had a lump removed and had 15 radiotherapy sessions in three weeks. It was very intense. Lots of friends offered to give me lifts to and from the hospital, but I thought: just because my life is on hold, doesn’t mean theirs should be too.

“I then found out about the Daft as a Brush charity. They drive you to appointments and they’re also good companions.

“I wanted to do something for them.”

Carol sold all 100 tickets for the cricket club bash, thanks to support from friends, family and well-wishers.

She added: “We raised £827.50 on the night, and Barclays Bank, where I used to work, gave another £750.

“It was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed it. We had a pie and pea supper, entertainment from Banned Again, who gave their services for free, tombola, a raffle and auctions.”

The fund-raiser proved a family affair, with son Daniel, a chemistry student at Newcastle University, helping out to make the night a big success.

For more information on Daft as a Brush, visit www.daftasabrush.org.uk