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Cancer patients pull out the stops to donate to charity group

Published 03/09/2015

A CANCER patient and her husband have donated £1,000 to the charity supporting her disease after asking for donations instead of diamond wedding presents.


Margaret and Donald Cox, who live in Hulland Ward, near Ashbourne, decided they had no need for gifts to mark their milestone anniversary, so instead decided to do what they could to support Myeloma UK.


They presented the cheque to the organisation’s chief executive Eric Low, when he visited the latest meeting of the Royal Derby Hospital’s Myeloma support group.


Mrs Cox, who has been suffering with the condition for five years, said: “At our age you don’t really want a lot of presents, so in every invite I sent out for our party I put a note asking for donations to the Myeloma charity. We got £1,000.

We wanted to support the charity.”


She and other patients spoke to Mr Low about how grateful they were for the excellent care they received from staff within Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Mr Low also praised services provided for patients, adding that he was keen for the Trust to join a clinical trials network pioneered by the organisation. Plans are under way for that to happen next year.


He said: “We can see how great things are in Derby; you get a good feeling when you walk into the hospital. There is something special here. It’s an exemplar of good practice in how to do things differently.”


The Trust is due to join the clinical trials network next autumn. The move will offer patients of this rare condition access to different drugs.


Dr David Allotey, consultant in haematology and clinical lead on myeloma, said: “Myeloma UK provides fantastic support to our patients and to our team who looks after the patients. We are constantly trying to improve our service to patients, and we’re hoping to become part of the clinical trials network so patients will have more access to drugs. It was great that Eric said he was impressed with the services.”


Mr Low also accepted a cheque for £380 from members of the group, which was raised by selling refreshments; and another from member Joyce Hufton, who collected donations at her husband Gerry’s 80th birthday party. 




Mr Low told the group he was truly grateful for the donations: “Everything we have done over the years has been down to groups like this, who have raised money to help us improve services for patients. They have allowed us to create a model which can do great things.”


Last Modified 03/09/2015