4 July 2017

Fundraising fearless foursome battle torrential rain for blood cancer appeal

A fundraising foursome have faced a five thousand feet assault on three of Yorkshire’s highest peaks to raise vital cash for a Sheffield Hospitals Charity appeal.

Suzanne Hague, Shi-Gwen Li, Kate Proudfoot and Helen Warriss, who work in the finance, and strategy and operations teams at the Northern General Hospital, took part in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge to raise funds for the ‘anti-myeloma virus project’.

The quartet battled torrential rain and high winds to finish in 11 hours 52 minutes, raising £1,500 to help find a cure for a myeloma – a devastating form of blood cancer.

Suzanne said: “We all work for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and wanted to undertake a challenge in support of Sheffield Hospitals Charity. We chose to support the Cure Myeloma appeal in particular after hearing about the extremely positive outcomes from the preliminary studies and after reading some of the very touching comments from patients and their families.

“The challenge was very tough due to the heavy rain, which made some of the ascents and descents really tricky to navigate. We were also drenched within the first hour which didn’t make for a very pleasant walk although we did manage a few laughs along the way.

“We were very relieved to complete the walk and do our bit for this great cause and we’re very grateful for all the support we received.”

Symptoms of myeloma include bone pain, fractures, fatigue, anaemia, kidney damage, infections and hypercalcaemia. Treatment is aimed at disease control, relieving the complications and symptoms it causes, and extending and improving the quality of patients’ lives.

Dr Andrew Chantry, haematology consultant at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and his team of researchers have been working on the ‘anti-myeloma virus project’, which has the potential to completely eliminate myeloma – finally leading to a cure.

To donate funds for the anti-myeloma virus project’ visit www.sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk/curemyeloma

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