Rhyl mum battling cancer pledges to raise thousands for hospital unit


Suzanne Jordan

A MOTHER of three who is battling a terminal disease has made it her wish to raise thousands of pounds for a hospital's cancer unit.

Sarah Vel, of Rhyl, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer late last year after attending hospital complaining of a tight chest and a cough on Boxing Day.

Ms Vel, 51, who had been given the all clear after a previous battle with breast cancer, experienced heartache when she was told by doctors that her secondary cancer was inoperable.

She has now vowed to raise between £5,000 and £7,000 for the cancer unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital and is appealing for volunteers to help her in reaching her goal.

Ms Vel, who has 17-year-olds twins, Sean and Callum, and son Connor, 26, said: “I only had a little cough so it was a shock.

“I had breast cancer before which resulted in me having a double mastectomy.

“I have had chemotherapy and I will have hormone therapy - it is about quality of life, the unit is doing the best they can. I feel each week there is a significant change.

“It would nice to give something back to the Cancer Unit as they do such a good job and they are very short staffed. I like to feel active and live everyday.

“We all say we should live everyday - we should.”

Ms Vel, who use to work in Sainsbury’s as a manager, said her previous employers had been very supportive.

She recently raised £1100 for the unit by completing a bag packing day and was assisted by ladies from Rhuddlan Golf Club.

She is now calling for volunteers to help her at the next bag packing event scheduled for Saturday, March 15 saying any help would be “wonderful.”

Ms Vel added: “Sainsbury’s have been so good in helping me. It has been nice to have something to focus on and to keep busy.

“My mum Eileen and my dad Hugh are brilliant and of course my dog Barney. I also have a one-year-old grandson, Lucas, and he brings me lots of joy.”

A event to help raise money for the Cancer Unit has also been arranged for Saturday, April 26 at Rhuddlan Golf Club. Tickets are £10 and Ms Vel hopes to have a raffle, music and possibly an auction.

To help raise funds or to volunteer at the next bag packing event contact 01745 856290

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