Upwell family honours Christine with hospital donation
An Upwell family which suffered the double blow of a mother and daughter being diagnosed with cancer has raised thousands of pounds to help future patients.
Christine Carpenter was diagnosed with cancer around the same time as her mother Vyvian Carter was also found to have the condition.
Sadly Christine lost her battle in September last year, aged 55.
Her sister Ros Jones and the rest of family have rallied round to raise nearly £4,500 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Gayton Road, King’s Lynn.
Ros completed the Grunty Fen Half Marathon and followed it with the Great Scottish Run towards the end of last year.
Mrs Carter said: “Losing Christine has been an extremely difficult thing for us to come to terms with as a family.
“We all take enormous comfort from knowing that because of Ros’s achievements in the marathon and raising nearly £4,500, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is going to be able to buy much-needed equipment.”
The money has been donated to the Chemotherapy Room Fund.
It will be used to buy two syringe drivers to deliver medication and a Butler motor reclining chair for the day care area.
The remaining money will be used sometime in the future.
Mrs Carter, who has praised the hospital for its care, said: “The chair and syringes will help other people, who are facing the same difficulties we did.
“The hospital cared for all of us so well, and we’re glad that we can do something to show our gratitude.”
Director of Nursing Catherine Morgan has thanked the family for their support of the room.
She said: “As a trust we aim for excellence.
“Hearing the kind words of Vyvian Carter about both her treatment and that of her daughter is extremely rewarding.
“The dedication Christine Carpenter’s family has shown in honouring her memory in this way is incredible.
“Our team really want to thank Ros Jones and her family for giving us the opportunity to make a difference for people here for years to come thanks to the new chair and syringes.”