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The sound of success for charity fundraiser

17 Oct 2017 10:43:59
Steven Bryan chemo bell

A patient battling a rare cancer celebrated the end of his chemotherapy treatment and raising money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity by ringing a symbolic bell on Ward A6 at Rotherham Hospital.

In April this year, Steven Bryan, of Hackness Lane in Brinsworth, was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system which severely weakens the body’s immune system. The 34-year-old was determined to beat the disease and to spur him on he decided to raise money to help benefit other cancer patients in Rotherham.

The Sheffield Wednesday fan arranged an 11-aside football match between teams from the Three Magpies and Thirsty Flame pubs in Brinsworth. The event at Brinsworth playing fields this summer saw the Three Magpies DC team beat the Thirsty Flame’s 4-1. The football fans also enjoyed a casino night at the Three Magpies pub in September with all the winning bets boosting his fundraising pot.

And now all the bets have been counted with Steven, a self-employed plasterer, raising £1,550.

“When I was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma it was a complete shock but I went back to work the day after and tried not to dwell on it too much,” he said.

“I started my chemotherapy treatment a few weeks later, which made me feel really rough, as anyone who has been through it will know. I wanted to fundraise for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity to say thank you to everyone at Rotherham Hospital, particularly the nurses and volunteers on Ward A6, who looked after me so well.

“Having that extra goal to work towards also spurred me on through the chemotherapy. It’s been great fun raising money for the charity with my friends and family, who have all been so supportive, especially everyone from the Three Magpies DC Team who help be arrange the events.

“Raising so much money and ringing the bell on Ward A6 to signal the end of my treatment made me feel really proud and I really enjoyed it. I know the money we have raised will help other patients in Rotherham in future, which is a nice feeling.”

Gabby Atmarow, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, thanked Steven for his fundraising during such a difficult time in his life.

She said: “The bell on Ward A6 is seen as a symbol of hope for patients as well as giving them a chance to mark a major milestone in their treatment with their families, hospital staff and other patients. It’s remarkable what Steven has achieved for the charity during such a challenging time in his life. We’re incredibly grateful to him and everyone who supported him.

“We will be working with colleagues at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to ensure the money Steven raised will benefit other patients like him in Rotherham.”

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.

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