Brave Lorraine joins her sisters for Sheffield torchlit walk

Lorraine Manfredi, Josephine Manfredi and Caterina Sanella.
Lorraine Manfredi, Josephine Manfredi and Caterina Sanella.
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An ice cream maker who beat cancer is taking time out from creating sweet treats to join a torchlit walk to thank the hospital that saved her life.

Lorraine Manfredi, aged 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year while celebrating winning a national award with her family ice cream business.

She was given vital radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital, and is currently making a good recovery.

Lorraine will be among the walkers at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s sponsored Light The Night walk through Ecclesall Woods on September 28.

The walk starts at 6.30pm and follows a 4.5km route, with participants encouraged to bring along torches and lanterns to light the way.

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill, a patron of the hospital charity, will be officially starting the dusk stroll, and the top fundraisers on the night can have their photos taken with the sportswoman.

Lorraine helps to run Smith’s Creamland Ices, based in Clay Cross, Chesterfield, and will be joined on the walk by her two sisters - Caterina Sanella, 52, of Fulwood, Sheffield, and Josephine Manfredi, 40, who lives in Leeds.

“Before being diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2012, I led a happy and busy life,” Lorraine said.

“However, once I started treatment, I had to stop working altogether.

“My life was turned upside down and I wasn’t sure if I would come out of it at the other end.

“I had originally found a lump on my breast, and as it didn’t go away, I went to my local GP.”

She was referred to Chesterfield Hospital and then Weston Park.

“I received excellent care from Weston Park, which became a major part of my recovery process,” Lorraine added.

“I can’t thank the staff enough. If it wasn’t for their incredible care and the specialist treatment I received, I don’t think I would be recovering as well as I am.

“We want to raise money, even if it’s a small amount, to help other people benefit from the excellent treatment and care the hospital offers. It’s the least I can do.”

Sarah Cross, fundraiser for the cancer charity, said: “It is fantastic to have Lorraine and her sisters taking part in the event.

“It’s always humbling to see past patients and their families supporting the charity.”

Visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/light or call 0114 226 5370 to sign up.