Stapleford club raises £2,500 toy boost for kids’ cancer ward
A WORKING men’s club has paid for toys costing nearly £2,500 along with other badly needed items for a children’s cancer ward.
The Old Mill Club, in Stapleford, raised the money after a member’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer.
The presents were handed to staff on Ward E39 at Queen’s Medical Centre yesterday and including baking equipment, Christmas decorations, toys and television aerials.
Paul Topley, of Stapleford, is a member of the club’s committee.
His daughter Bethany was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of muscle cancer on Good Friday.
“Rather than give them the money, we got a wish list and bought the things they wanted,” the 33-year-old said.
“It was important – it’s a benefit to all the kids. They are all poorly and have different reasons to be there.
“It can make their time there that little bit happier and take their mind off what they are going through
He added: “With our daughter having cancer and seeing the other kids, just to put a smile on their faces is worth a lot to the parents.
“The staff there are all fantastic – when you’ve got a question, they are there.
“Now nearly two, Bethany was prescribed a year-long period of chemotherapy.
“She’s on and off having chemotherapy,” said dad Paul.
“She’s got a rare form of muscle cancer and it’s a more aggressive type.
“She’s doing brilliantly – we’re waiting to hear as to what the next step is.
“It was a shock. She just started off with a lump at the side of her nose. It was removed and they sent it off to be tested.”
He added: “She’s very brave – she’s fighting and treatment is going well.”
The working men’s club held a charity event in September and raised around £2,300, with members looking to raise more.
Club chairman Colin Walker said:
“Paul’s on the committee of the club and we heard about what had happened, so we thought we would raise money.
“We had a charity night with free music, raffles, auctions and all sorts. We even did a charity dog walk.”
“We raised as much as we could as often as we could.
“It was important to buy the stuff they needed and amazing when we handed the stuff over.”
Ward sister Katie Manning, of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, said:
“We want to say a big thank-you to Paul and Lesley, and all their friends, for raising money for our ward and buying all these presents for our young patients.
“This act of kindness is very moving and our staff are very grateful.”
People can still donate by e-mailing email@example.com.