Cancer Patient’s Donation to ‘Marvellous’ Oncology Team
Date of release: 8 October 2021
A big thank you to Maureen Manns and family for their kind donation of £1,500 to the Deansley Centre (cancer services) at New Cross Hospital.
Maureen, who lives in Bilston, was diagnosed with stage 4 throat and mouth cancer in October last year after an abscess was spotted by her dentist. The 74-year-old was urgently referred for testing and describes being in ‘shock’ to be told this mouth pain, which she hadn’t thought much of, was in fact cancer.
Marie Stokes, Louise Freeman, Maureen Manns and Stephen West
After 30 days of radiotherapy and eight months of hospital appointments, Maureen is now in remission and feels “well within herself”. The big adjustment she explains is being unable to eat some solid foods and instead has to use a ‘feeding peg’ on her stomach (meaning she can still get the nutrients and fluids she needs).
When asked about the care she received she replied: “They were absolute marvellous, I can’t thank them enough – especially Mr Rehman who has been so helpful and friendly.”
Daughter Marie added: “The care received from the staff was second to none. Even during the busy Christmas period where was so unwell – and admitted onto the ward – the committed staff always ensured she was cared for and attended her radiotherapy sessions.
“The team were wonderful and without them, our mum would not be here today.”
Maureen Manns and others who helped fundraise
And in an effort to thank the team for the excellent care, a fundraising trip to Snowdown was organised in July by Marie’s nephew Kyle Rowson with several volunteers from their local pub, the Rocket Pools Inn Bar in Bilston. The pub also rallied round with collection tins and raffles across a period of a week, helping to raise enough for new equipment or equipment repairs for the centre.
Marie’s sister Louise explained how generous the local community has been while rallying round to support their mum.
“It’s been a tough 18 months for people, what with the COVID-19 pandemic, but even people who are struggling have been able to donate money towards this and it’s truly been heart-warming,” she said.
“A big thank you to all those who donated and also a thank you to Church Street Dental Practice (Bilston) who made sure mum was seen quickly after suspecting a problem.”
Stephen West, Head of Operational Radiology, was able to receive the cheque from the family in the garden of the Deansley Centre. He said: “All of us within Oncology really appreciate the time and effort that goes into supporting the Centre with charitable monies. We are much obliged to Maureen and her family in their support.”