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Cancer survivor celebrates by thanking NHS staff

A cancer survivor has provided a lasting legacy to the hospital which cared for him by donating £2,000 to the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.

Anthony Felvus, 67, of Kimberworth, donated the funds to thank the caring staff on Ward A6 at Rotherham Hospital, where he received chemotherapy to treat the mesothelioma he has battled since he was diagnosed in June 2019.

Anthony, who worked as a carpenter and joiner, said:

“I was given six to 12 months to live, but that was two years ago. I’ve had tumours removed at the Northern General Hospital, undergone radiotherapy at Weston Park and chemotherapy on ward A6 at Rotherham Hospital. However, I have come to the end of my treatment for the time being.

“I feel really good and hopeful. I think the key to keeping well is staying positive and active, and I hope that my experience inspires others who perhaps have received a devastating diagnosis as I had.

“I wanted to donate this money because the staff on ward A6 have been absolutely brilliant. They were informative, caring and made me feel at home. Everyone from the nurses to the auxiliaries has been great throughout my treatment. I always got a cuppa! They made it the best experience it could be, despite the difficult circumstances and diagnosis. So I wanted to give something back to the hospital to say thank you.”

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body’s organs. It is usually linked to asbestos exposure.

The charity, which fundraises to provide the added extras the NHS would ordinarily not afford, will invest the funds generously donated by Anthony in resources for cancer patients and their families on ward A6.

Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager, said:

“It is incredibly humbling to receive such a generous donation from Anthony, despite the challenges he has faced to keep well. The feedback about the care he has received means so much to our hard-working colleagues on ward A6 and the charity is looking forward to working with them to ensure the funds are invested into something wonderful for our patients and their families.”

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, or to discuss any fundraising ideas you may have, please get in touch on 01709 426821 or trft.charity@nhs.net.

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