Local shoppers help support NHS cancer research

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Staff and customers from McColl’s stores across Stoke-on-Trent and South Cheshire have helped raise more than £4,000 to fund potentially life-saving NHS cancer research.

The fundraising efforts of 22 stores were donated to UHNM Charity, which supports research into breath analysis studies for lung cancer and other diseases at the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) and Keele University.

The fundraising initiative came about thanks to McColl’s Area Manager Julie Gregory (second right), whose mum, Barbara (third left), received treatment for a lung tumour from Professor Josep Sulé-Suso at the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s Cancer Centre.

Julie said, “Professor Sulé-Suso and the whole team at Royal Stoke were amazing, and we all had every faith and confidence in them. During my Mum’s treatment, we learnt Professor Sulé-Suso was fundraising for this research, and whilst it may not help my Mum, it will be of benefit to me, her grandchildren and others in the future.”

The money was raised through tombolas, raffles, and fancy dress days. Eight stores also donated funds from their ‘Making a Difference Locally’ initiative, with supporting suppliers also donating one penny per item sold.

The research is taking place in the Oncology Department at Royal Stoke University Hospital. Using a special SIFT-MS technique, researchers at the Trust’s Guy Hilton Research Centre will be able to study the breath of people with lung cancer and other lung diseases to develop a fast, non-invasive way to improve the diagnosis and management of lung diseases.

Josep Sulé-Suso, Professor of Oncology at the University Hospitals of North Midlands and Keele University said, "We're incredibly grateful for the passionate and enthusiastic support that the McColl’s team and customers are giving to our research. Raising more than £4,000 is an amazing achievement, and every pound raised has been vital in allowing us to continue this research.”

A McColl’s spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to support such an important cause and we are very proud of the incredible work by our team, our customers and the local community.”

Julie is planning to raise more money for the research by completing a skydive in August.

Patient Barbara Gregory, who received radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy for two and a half years at the Royal Stoke’s Cancer Centre added, “I can’t praise him enough, Professor Sulé-Suso is a credit to the Unit. A few years ago I wouldn’t be here.”

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.