TO say ‘thank you’ to the staff at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham for the wonderful care of their daughter, a Ruskington couple are planning a fundraising pamper day.
Karen and Andy Jones have organised the event with Ruskington beauticians Sandra Halhead and Laura Taylor to raise money for the hospital’s oncology ward.
Karen and Andy’s six-year-old daughter, Shania was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma earlier this year and has just gone into remission after several courses of aggressive chemotherapy.
Karen said: “The staff at the QMC were absolutely amazing.
“When you look around the ward and see all those children with rare illnesses, it made us so grateful that we caught Shania’s early and we got it just in time.”
The Pamper Day will be held on Saturday, August 11, from 9am to 3pm, at the Winchelsea Centre in Ruskington.
Guests will be able to choose from a wide range of beauty treatments, including a half-body spray tan, nail file and polish, mini make over, lash or brow tint and more, for just £5 per treatment. There will also be a raffle and refreshments.
All the therapists are giving up their time for free and are paying the hall costs between them.
A percentage of the proceeds made on the day will go to Queen’s Medical Centre E38 oncology ward and towards paying for ‘clown doctors’, who work in hospitals to help make poorly children and their parents laugh.
Shania’s cancer was only discovered after she had asked Karen to look at a lump on her neck earlier in the year, which was initially though to be a swollen gland.
Karen is urging parents to get any little lumps in their children checked out, as there is not much awareness of how to spot cancer in children:
“Luckily Shania’s cancer was at an early stage but, if she hadn’t mentioned this lump to us, I might have missed it.”
If any readers who would be interested in donating new toys for the young patients at QMC, or if businesses would be interested in donating raffle prizes, you can call Karen at A&K Motors in Ruskington on 01526 834563.