Patients backs Chesterfield hospital concert in Peaks

Joanne Taylor
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A nursery nurse recovering from cancer is urging people to support the hospital which looked after her by enjoying a fundraising afternoon of music in the Peak District.

Joanne Taylor was diagnosed with third-stage breast cancer after discovering a lump during a night out with friends.

The 44-year-old needed surgery including a full left mastectomy, as well as radiotherapy at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital, and is now in remission.

She is backing an event called Proms in the Peaks, which takes place on September 7 in Castleton.

The afternoon of entertainment will feature popular and classical music, with acts including tenor John Hudson and soprano Deborah Norman on the bill.

Joanne was given her shocking diagnosis three years ago and said her ‘whole world came crashing down’.

“It’s true what people say, you don’t think it will ever happen to you – and when it did, I was speechless,” she added.

She had her lymph nodes moved and a breast removed at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, then endured six weeks of chemotherapy and 20 radiotherapy sessions at Weston Park.

Joanne, from Old Whittington in Chesterfield, was also given help by cancer support workers when she struggled with depression and anxiety.

“Nothing was ever too much to ask,” she said.

Proms in the Peaks is happening at Losehill Hall in Castleton, running from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Gates open for picnics from 1pm. Tickets cost £15 each, concessions £13.

n Visit www.promsinthepeaks.org.uk to book.