Garden centre helps Sheffield hospital’s funds grow

Anne and Susan Green
Anne and Susan Green
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The owners of a garden centre in Sheffield have helped a hospital’s funds grow by £7,000.

Susan and John Green, who own Spring Bank Nurseries in Barlborough, had collection tins at their garden centre till and sold end-of-line plants for donations to raise cash for Weston Park Hospital, where their daughter Anne was treated for Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2003.

Anne, who was 22 at the time, took part in a clinical trial and had chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

She is now cancer free.

“When I arrived at Weston Park Hospital, my cancer was so advanced that they were unsure how effective my treatment would be,” she said.

“There was a group of us, all with Hodgkin Lymphoma, and we reacted differently to the drugs but, luckily, thanks to the specialists at Weston Park Hospital, my signs of fighting the disease became increasingly positive.

“When I realised that the treatment had in fact worked, I just couldn’t believe it. Six months earlier I was facing the reality that I may not live to survive this disease but thanks to the advanced programme of clinical trials at Weston Park Hospital I suddenly had everything to live for.”

Her mum Susan, said: “It would be fantastic if more people could support this vital service and volunteer to help out with collecting and distributing tins in Chesterfield for the cancer charity.”

“Funding from the charity makes it possible for clinical trials to be available to cancer patients where standard treatments may not have worked.

“Without this funding, Anne may not have been here today and for that we will be forever thankful.”