Bassetlaw: Breast cancer duo raise thousands

Two best friends who found out they had breast cancer have raised thousands of pounds for the Bassetlaw Breast Care Unit.

Breast cancer survivors Cath Beckett and Sian Bell with Kadappa Kolar

Cath Beckett and Sian Bell, have raised more than £3,500 and they will donate the money to help buy specialist equipment at the hospital.

Sian said: “Three months after my husband finished his treatment for throat cancer, Cath told me she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.”

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“I was stunned. I just could not believe it. First my husband, then my best friend.”

“However Cath is a very positive person and this helped her get through her surgery and chemotherapy. When she was coming to the end of her treatment, I found a lump and was told I had breast cancer too.”

The pair are now feeling fit and healthy after making a full recovery.

Cath said: “Sian had an operation with the same surgeon, Mr Kolar, and his team at Bassetlaw hospital and started her chemotherapy one week after I finished my last one. She then went on to have radiotherapy.”

“We wanted to say thank you to the team at Bassetlaw and help them raise money for a much needed fat transfer machine, which they want to buy. The machine costs £24,000 and means that women undergoing reconstructive surgery following a masectomy, need only a minor operation and achieve a much improved result.”

“We organised a race night with a pie and peas supper in our village hall, got sponsors for races from local businesses and for horses from friends and family.”

“The night was a huge success and everyone enjoyed it. We were amazed when we realised how much money we had made and are grateful to everybody who supported us.”

Visit to make a donation before 30th June or send a cheque to Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Trust Fund Breast Care Unit.