Cancer battle sparks event

Raffle organiser Emma Sutton and Newcastle House Hotel landlady Sarah Bertram are hoping to raise at least �10,000 at Pamela Sutton's Oncology Charity Night.
Raffle organiser Emma Sutton and Newcastle House Hotel landlady Sarah Bertram are hoping to raise at least �10,000 at Pamela Sutton's Oncology Charity Night.

A Rothbury mum’s cancer battle has sparked a fund-raiser for the unit which is helping her, and other patients, get treatment closer to home.

Pamela Sutton, 51, is currently receiving chemotherapy treatment for secondary breast cancer in her bones.

But thanks to the new oncology day unit at Alnwick Infirmary she doesn’t have to travel far for treatment.

Pamela’s cancer is not curable but can be treated to slow down the spread of the disease.

She is currently having chemotherapy once every three weeks at Alnwick.

And after her daughter, Emma, 25, saw the facilities, she decided to organise an event to raise more funds for the unit.

Her JustGiving page has already received more than £1,600 in donations and Emma has match-funding in place for anything up to £5,000, with the aim of raising £10,000 in total.

Emma said: “After Mum had her first treatment at Alnwick and we saw what it was like we thought we would do something to raise money for extra equipment. We decided on doing a big raffle and it’s gone way bigger than we expected.

“We’ve got donations from all over, from local businesses as well as bigger ones and even a day in a box at a Newcastle United home game.

“We ordered 3,000 raffle tickets and 2,000 have already been sold and people are still asking for more. We just wanted to give something back. People from all over will now have the chance to have treatment closer to home and that makes a massive difference to patients.”

The raffle will culminate in a charity event at the Newcastle House Hotel on Saturday night.

Special cocktails will be on offer with money going towards the cause and there will also be a disco and hog roast.

Raffle prizes are still coming in, but include a touchscreen smartphone from Vodafone and Microsoft; tickets to Newcastle Falcons; tickets to Alnwick Playhouse; tickets to The Body guard at theTheatre Royal, followed by afternoon tea; cakes; and vouchers for local businesses.

Raffle tickets can be bought at most shops and businesses in Rothbury.