‘Shock’ diagnosis mum is first to light the night in Sheffield

Debbie Haley of Lowedges, Sheffield the first person to sign up for a new cancer charity fundraising event just five months after being diagnosed with breast cancer she will be taking part in Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's new 'Light the Night' walk through Ecclesall Woods on September 15th ' See story Jeni Harvey Picture Chris Lawton   '2nd August 2012
Debbie Haley of Lowedges, Sheffield the first person to sign up for a new cancer charity fundraising event just five months after being diagnosed with breast cancer she will be taking part in Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity's new 'Light the Night' walk through Ecclesall Woods on September 15th ' See story Jeni Harvey Picture Chris Lawton '2nd August 2012
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MUM Debbie Haley has become the first person to sign up for a new cancer charity walk – just months after being diagnosed with the disease.

The 46-year-old, of Lowedges, Sheffield, said finding out she had breast cancer in February was the ‘biggest shock of her life’.

Debbie is raising cash for the specialist Weston Park Hospital - where she underwent radiotherapy - in its sponsored Light the Night walk.

The teaching assistant at Lowedges Primary School said: “It all happened very unexpectedly.

“I was diagnosed at the start of the month and by the end I had undergone a lumpectomy to remove the tumour and some of the tissue that surrounds it.

“My breast care nurse advised me to try and get out walking as part of my recovery and so I have been going on long walks with my friend around Graves Park and Ecclesall Woods.

“When I heard about Light the Night I thought it was a perfect chance to raise money for the hospital, which is a fantastic place with great staff, and benefit other people in the future.”

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Light the Night walk is torch-lit and takes place in Ecclesall Woods from 7pm on Saturday, September 15.

The 4.5km route is suitable for adults and children.

Charity director Rachel Thorpe said: “It’s about bringing people together for a different experience.

“We’re encouraging walkers to get creative with glow-in-the-dark outfits and accessories, and we will be giving out free torches, so we can light the night together.”

Light the Night replaces the charity’s former fundraising event Walk as One.

Money raised will add to the £1.6m fundraising goal for this year to pay for cancer research and improve care at the specialist hospital.

To sign up visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk/light or ring 0114 226 5370.