Brave Jane leads way on Sheffield walk

Jane Howden and Coun John Campbell promote the Pink Friday Walk.
Jane Howden and Coun John Campbell promote the Pink Friday Walk.
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A Sheffield hospital worker recovering from breast cancer is urging as many people as possible to join a walk tomorrow in aid of others with the condition.

Jane Howden, aged 48, from Wincobank, is helping to organise the Pink Friday Walk from the Northern General Hospital - where she works as assistant manager in domestic services - to Hillsborough Stadium.

All proceeds from the walk will go to the Breast Cancer Care charity, which has been running its Pink Fridays campaign throughout this month, backed by The Star.

Jane was diagnosed with the illness two years ago, and said the distressing news affected her whole family.

“It turns your world upside down,” she said.

“You’re going through the physical pain but it has a knock-on effect on your family and friends.”

The married mum-of-two underwent a gruelling course of treatment involving a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

She now needs to take medication, as well as going for hospital reviews every six months for the next five years.

Jane, who is a representative for the Unison trade union at the hospital, helped fellow members run a day of fundraising activities last year, which raised nearly £800 for Breast Cancer Care.

This year the union branch has joined forces with Sheffield Wednesday and the Steelers ice hockey team to set up the walk.

People are being encouraged to don pink outfits and stroll the two miles to Hillsborough.

“It’s not too far – it might be a bit hilly but anyone can take part,” Jane said.

“When you are first diagnosed with cancer you are given a lot of literature and Breast Cancer Care’s advice helped me a lot. I’m very supportive of any cancer organisation.”

Lisa Brown, the charity’s area fundraiser for the north, said: “We’re delighted John Campbell and his team at Unison and Sheffield Wednesday are organising this walk. We’re so grateful for their support as it will help us be there for the 1,600 people diagnosed every year in the South Yorkshire area.”

The walk will start at 4.30pm from the chest clinic at the Herries Road entrance, with registration open from 3.30pm. Registration costs £5.

People can take part in the Pink Fridays campaign in a variety of ways, from wearing pink clothes at work or school to enjoying pink-themed food and drinks.

Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/pf for a fundraising pack. Call 0114 263 6481 to find out more about the walk.