A SHEFFIELD lawyer has shared her delight at being part of a huge fundraising drive that has netted a whopping £50,000 for a cancer charity which helped her deal with the aftermath of her fight with the disease.
Karen Codling, associate director at Irwin Mitchell, said the donation to Cavendish Cancer Care was made ‘extra special’ because she had experienced first-hand the great work that it does.
The impressive amount has been raised over the past two years by dedicated employees at the Sheffield law firm through a variety of activities and events.
Highlights in 2009 included a 36 hour darts marathon and a mammoth walk to work by a solicitor who trekked in from Manchester, while 2010 saw workers take part in the London marathon, the Sheffield Half Marathon - where the Irwin Mitchell team won the Corporate Challenge for the second year running - a national quiz and a netball tournament. They also released a charity single on iTunes.
Karen, who is married to Eric and has two daughters, Eve and Grace, said: “Cavendish has been extremely important to me personally as they supported me during my battle with breast cancer.
“It makes our £50,000 donation even more special as I have experienced the great work and support they provide.
“I was diagnosed 13 years ago and didn’t go to Cavendish originally - I thought it was only for people who had terminal cancer, and I never believed I had breast cancer in the first place.
“After I had gone through treatment successfully I began to have swelling in my right arm. I was told that this was lymphodema, which can be really painful, and that it had happened because I had slightly sunburnt my arm while on holiday. I was advised that Cavendish could help so went to see them for the first time. I never imagined the difference it would make.
“While I had been going through treatment I wanted to be strong for my family so I kept all my fears and concerns from them. The first time I sat down with an assessor at Cavendish was the first time I really opened up about my fears and began to face them.
“They were also extremely helpful practically, and taught me how to perform manual lymph drainage and since then I have been really lucky and have had no further problems. The place just felt like my second home and still does today.I am absolutely delighted that the Irwin Mitchell staff have put so much energy into their fundraising efforts and managed to raise a phenomenal amount.’’