Cancer patients says thank you to hospital

Sister Sarah Dawson; support worker Alice Kangley; staff nurse Beth Harding; David Simmonite; Rebecca Ball; Linda Steele; Consultant Derek Rosario, outpatient lead for oncology

Sister Sarah Dawson; support worker Alice Kangley; staff nurse Beth Harding; David Simmonite; Rebecca Ball; Linda Steele; Consultant Derek Rosario, outpatient lead for oncology

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A cancer patient has raised hundreds of pounds for the department where he was treated to say thank you for the care he received.

David Simmonite, aged 65, revisited the urology unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital with his partner Linda Steele, where they presented staff with a cheque for £746.

David was treated at the unit after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

He underwent prostatectomy surgery in February last year, then had a second operation three months later before undergoing radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital.

The cancer is now in remission but he still attends the urology clinic every six months for check-ups.

David, from Whiston in Rotherham, said: “The treatment was very good. They see so many people but the staff all seem to remember you and there is genuine care that is shown to you.

“That all helps you because you naturally have a lot of anxiety about how it all works.”

By way of a thank you, David held a coffee morning at his home to raise money for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Linda baked 36 homemade cakes for the occasion and local businesses donated gifts and prizes.

Linda’s daughter Rebecca Ball organised a sponsored zumbathon to raise a further £212.

However, it was not the first time the family have raised money for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

They led a fundraising drive for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity several years ago after Linda’s sister died of cancer.

Linda said: “David has had two years of treatment and they have made him better, fingers crossed, so that is why we have decided to raise this money.

“We’d like it to be spent on something for the department, something that patients or staff need.”

The money will be used to pay for a useful piece of equipment on the department, such as a new drinks machine, or a blood pressure monitor.

Urology sister Sarah Dawson said: “It is fantastic when we get patients coming back with such positive feedback.

“The fundraising is much appreciated and the money will be used towards something useful for the department.”

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