A GRANDMOTHER who is on the road to beating breast cancer has raised more than £1,000 towards fighting the disease.
Vivienne Gardner, from Tunstall, celebrated her 50th birthday after family friends threw her a surprise party.
Family members told her they had booked a meal at the Tavistock, Grangetown, to mark the occasion.
However, the meal was actually a huge bash which saw all the Gardner family coming together. And the night also saw them collect hundreds of pounds for the Women’s Cancer Detection Society.
The mum-of-three was diagnosed in February 2009, and had her first mastectomy in March of that year.
A course of radiotherapy followed before another mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
Although she now says she is feeling fine, Mrs Gardner, who is married to Norman, 56, hasn’t yet been given the all-clear.
Since being diagnosed she has received treatment at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Mrs Gardner, mum to Lianne, 28, Claire, 25, Craig, 22, said: “The doctors are amazing, absolutely amazing. The consultants are brilliant.”
Mrs Gardner is also grandmother to Claire’s son Billy, four, who she credits with being supportive during her health battle.
“Billy really is the apple of my eye,” she said.
“He has kept me going the last couple of years.”
Help from Mrs Gardner’s employers gentoo and Northern Gas Networks, who Mr Gardner works for, have meant that they have raised £1,100 towards the charity.
Brenda Gibson, secretary of the Women’s Cancer Detection Society, said: “All donations, however small, are a tremendous help.
“We have a collection box and sometimes there are only five or six pounds in but sometimes there is £150 in.”
As well as buying cancer detecting equipment, the charity also get dressing gowns for patients and wigs for those who are going through courses of chemo or radiotherapy and have lost their hair.
“If anybody wants to help the Women’s Cancer Detection Society through fund-raising we would be very grateful,” added Ms Gibson.
Those wanting to donate can call Brenda on 414 3764.