Giving back in cancer battle

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A Sheffield woman who has lost five close family members to cancer is giving something back by helping run a local cancer charity shop.

Linda Betts, aged 58, is deputy manager at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s shop in Crookes – fulfilling a dream to help others after her own personal experiences of cancer.

After losing her grandad, dad, aunt and two cousins and having a breast cancer scare herself, the grandmother knew it was meant to be when the opportunity came up at the charity shop.

Linda, who lives with husband Brian in Crookes, said: “There has been a lot of cancer in my family which is worrying and it has meant it’s always been a part of my life.

“It has played a role in the decisions I have made and driven my passion to work in the charity sector which I have done for a number of years.

“So when the opportunity came up with Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity it fulfilled a dream and I knew in my heart it was where I was meant to be.”

Linda’s first experience of cancer was when she was eight and lost her grandad and the latest was earlier this year when her cousin, Christine, 62, died of a brain tumour just six weeks after being diagnosed.

Samantha Kennedy, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, now in its 20th year, said: “Linda’s story is an example of how families can be affected by cancer.

“But she has used her experience to give something back and help us in our quest to raise the money we need to keep Weston Park Hospital at the forefront of cancer research, treatment and care.”