North East Ambulance Service musicians to jam together for Lesley Atkinson

Lesley Atkinson.
Lesley Atkinson.
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Musicians from across the North East Ambulance Service will jam together on stage at a charity evening in honour of their brave colleague’s breast cancer battle.

Just six months into married life, 35-year-old Lesley Atkinson, of Washington, found a lump while in the shower.

Within two weeks she was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer, resulting in chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.

Lesley’s colleagues in the contact centre at North East Ambulance Service have already raised more than £600 after her diagnosis.

Now, to celebrate her coming to the end of her treatment, staff have joined up with colleagues to organise a charity evening in her honour.

“Having cancer gives you a totally different outlook on life,” said Lesley. “Yes it’s been tough and very tiring, with a lot of uncertainty, not knowing whether I’ve got a future, but it hasn’t been all bad.

“I’ve made the most of my good days and have tried to keep upbeat and positive.

“You can still have a life during cancer.”

The night will take place at Rainton Meadows Arena, in Houghton, on Saturday, November 7.

Bands and artists from across the ambulance service will be playing, with a raffle taking place, hot food being served and licensed bar.

Money raised from the event will go towards a holiday for Lesley and her husband. It will also raise money for three charities: Walking with the Wounded, Breast Cancer Now and The Ambulance Services Charity.

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased on the door. Donatations can be made via crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Lesleys-Story.