Cancer Warriors bring festive cheer to children in hospital

CHILDREN at Tameside Hospital received a festive surprise when Cancer Warriors delivered chocolate selection boxes and reindeer dust.

The gifts were donated by Dominic Bardsley from Parkland Properties, a massive supporter of the Stalybridge-based charity.

But due to social distancing, the gifts were handed over outside the children’s ward by Larysa Iwanyckyj-Doherty, chair of the charity, mascot Lennie and Father Christmas to Vicky Carruthers, play specialist, and Adele Dixon, HCA.

Vicky Carruthers, play specialist; Father Christmas; Cancer Warriors’ Mascot Lennie; and Adele Dixon, HCA

“Thank you so much. It is amazing and the children will really appreciate them,” explained Vicky.

Warriors usually organise a Christmas party but, as they were unable to do so this year, wanted to do something to being some festive cheer.

It is the first they have donated to the children’s ward and hope to do so again next year.

Parklands Properties also donated a Christmas hamper for a raffle Warriors held.

Lennie, Father Christmas and Vicky waving to children on the ward
Kelly Lomas, Cancer Warriors trustee, with son Roman; Aneesa Amjad and Nickie Hopkins from Tameside Hospital oncology team; Cancer Warriors mascot Lenny, and Father Christmas
  • Warriors’ founder Derrick Evans has received a BBC Radio Manchester Make a Difference Gold Award.

Derrick triumphed in the triumph over adversity category for his work with Cancer Warriors while battling cancer.

“I was shocked to be nominated and it was a really nice surprise to win,” he said.

But a typically modest Derrick praised the staff at Wythenshawe Hospital and The Christie.

“I would not have been able to do what I do with them as they have saved my life a number of times,” he said.

Derrick says he is indebted to the NHS who have been treating him since 2007. He has beaten cancer four times and it has returned for a fifth time.

He added without the support of family and friends, he also would not be able to do his charity work.

Cancer Warriors’ founder Derrick Evans

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