Rhyl mum battling illness inundated with support


Suzanne Jordan

A MUM of three who is battling a terminal disease said she has been inundated with requests of support following her pledge to raise thousands for a hospital’s cancer unit.

Sarah Vel, of Rhyl, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer late last year, has made it her wish to raise between £5,000 and £7,000 for the cancer unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

Ms Vel, 51, is now hoping she can raise nearer to £10,000 after receiving a heartfelt response from the public after appealing for volunteers to help her in reaching her goal by aiding with bag packing events.

She said: “I really would like to write thank you cards to everyone. These are just normal people and they all want to help. It been maverllous. Some people that have rang up have experienced cancer themselves or they have had a family member that has not been well.

“We now have about 20 bag packers and raised about a hundred pounds in donations. I have even got two 84-year-old ladies who have come forward offering their help.”

Ms Vel, who has 17-year-old twins, Sean and Callum, son Connor, 26 and dog, Barney, has previously battled breast cancer and experienced heartache when doctors told her that her secondary cancer was inoperable.

The former Sainsbury’s manager is holding a bag packing day on Saturday, March 15.

A fundraising event has also been arranged for Saturday, April 26 at Rhuddlan Golf Club. It will feature a raffle, music and possibly an auction. Tickets are £10.
Ms Vel added: “We are still looking for afternoon volunteers for the bag packing. People have been wonderful and have been contacting Sainsbury’s directly, they have even donated prizes for the raffle.”

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

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