Rhyl mum battling cancer raises thousands to help others fighting illness

Published date: 15 May 2014 |
Published by: Suzanne Jordan 
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A MUM-of-three battling a terminal disease has raised thousands for a hospital’s cancer unit and a hospice in St Asaph.

Sarah Vel, of Rhyl, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer last year, said that she feels “overwhelmed” after she raised £8,000 for the Cancer Unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital and £2,000 for St Kentigern Hospice through bag packing events and an auction night. Ms Vel’s colleagues and friends also carried out a sponsored skydive.

Two “private” cheque presentations were carried out last Thursday.

Ms Vel was supported during the presentation by her father, Hugh, her consultant, Dr Julie Jones, staff from Sainsbury’s in Rhyl and members of Rhuddlan Golf Club.

Ms Vel, who has 17-year-old twins, Sean and Callum, and a son Connor, said: “I can’t explained how thrilled I am. Originally my target was to raise between £5,000 and £7,000 for the Cancer Unit but we exceeded that, so that is why we gave some to the hospice aswell.

“It was nice to do an official presentation. My dad came with me but we wanted to keep it quite a small and intimate affair.

Ms Vel was inundated with requests of support following her public pledge in February to raise thousands for a hospital’s cancer unit.

The 51-year-old experienced heartache last year when she was told by doctors that her secondary cancer was inoperable. Since then she has vowed to remain positive and has kept herself busy with the organisation of fundraising events.

“It has all been marvellous - I think I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed at the moment. I can’t believe how much was raised,” she added.

“Everyone really got behind me and have been so generous. My dad was sweet at the auction and tried to bid £100 for an item.

“I am feeling tired at the moment, but this has really kept me busy and feeling positive so I am debating what I can do next.”

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