A grateful patient has been on a fundraising mission as her way
of giving back following the amazing care she received during
Ruth Reid was reunited with the staff who cared for her for the
first time since completing her treatment, when she made her
generous donation to the Mara Unit at Bishop Auckland Hospital.
The mum of two from Satley found a lump above her collarbone in
March 2020 while she was 33 weeks pregnant. She was diagnosed with
stage four Hodgkin's lymphoma on April 16.
To start her treatment as quickly as possible, Ruth was induced
on May 7 and welcomed a baby boy, Arthur.
Ruth started chemotherapy treatment on May 20 completing this on
She said: "I did the fundraising because I wanted to give
something back. The care I had at the Mara Unit was amazing. I am
so grateful to everyone who has donated in various ways and
supported me, from being diagnosed last year right up to having
treatment and with fundraising also, as it means so much to
Due to visiting restrictions during the covid-19 pandemic, Ruth
underwent her treatment without family or friends by her side at
Ruth added: "The staff became like my adopted family supporting
me during my many hours of treatment. My Macmillan nurse at the
Mara Unit was fantastic and so supportive and available to answer
my many questions, and help me when I was feeling very anxious. I'm
hoping that the money raised will be able to support more patients
who are undergoing treatment."
Ruth with the help of family, friends, the local community and
businesses, raised an amazing total of £10,774 - with £5,387 being
donated each to the Mara Unit and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Money was raised through Ruth hosting coffee mornings,
tombola's, raffles and an Afternoon Tea.
North East technology company True Potential made her
fundraising feat their charity of the month, raising £3,000. During
the last August Bank Holiday last year, 12-year-old Samuel White
completed the Coast to Coast cycle route in just three days, adding
£1,200 to the fundraising pot.
Mara Unit ward manager Catherine Simpson said: "A massive thank
you to Ruth for taking the time and effort in organising the
fundraising events, and also to all those who have contributed to
raise such a fantastic sum of money.
"Our team are so grateful that Ruth chose to donate to the Mara
Unit, where the money will be used in the future towards buying
anything needed for the comfort and wellbeing of those patients
attending for treatment with us."
Following treatment at the Mara Unit at Bishop Auckland
Hospital, Ruth went underwent radiotherapy at the Freeman Hospital
for 15 sessions from October 12 with her final session on October
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