A Rickmansworth woman has managed to raise more than £15,000 for a hospital ward currently taking care of her cancer-stricken sister from Chalfonts.
Shelly Trigg and her family’s worlds were turned upside down this June when her sister, Natalie Fitzgibbon, was diagnosed with two types of leukaemia, acute lymphoblastic and acute myeloid.
Natalie is currently undertaking gruelling rounds of chemotherapy at the Eden Ward inside Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, and while there has became very attached to its nursing staff.
Shelly says of her sister’s nurses: “They have been more than superstars & have gone above and beyond looking after her. A real special shout to Farshad, Richard, Bhaggi, Jakub, Clara, Hazel, Mercy & Saffron who works tirelessly for nothing.
“However, the ward needs more nurses to be trained in chemotherapy to enable for Eden to become a cancer ward.”
So, on Sunday, November 6, Shelly took part in the New York Marathon, raising funds for ward. Now, she’s managed to raise an incredible amount of money, currently totalling more than £12,000.
Speaking to CHALFONTS&GERRARDSCROSSnews, Shelly said: “Donations were from friends, family, strangers, even worldwide. It’s been mind-blowing.
“Natalie has been chatting to the head nurse & the funds will also cover a new ECG machine & a bladder ultrasound machine for the ward.
“We both would like to thank every single person who donated & for them to be so proud of how this money is spent on such a special place.
“Natalie is waiting for news of a match for a bone marrow transplant to take place hopefully before the end of the year. She still has a good few months of treatment, but she’s a trooper!”
The fundraiser for the Eden ward, visit Shelly’s JustGiving page.