Keighley man’s donation to hospital cancer unit
A Keighley man has made a generous donation to the cancer unit at Airedale Hospital to express his thanks at the ‘amazing’ treatment he has received from the staff.
49 year old Stephen Wilkinson from Oakworth, who is still undergoing treatment at the Haematology and Oncology Day Unit (HODU), took part in the Keighley 10k run on 26 March with his family and work colleagues and raised £1350 for the unit.
Stephen who works at Keighley Job Centre was joined by partner Lee-Ann and 12 other colleagues and he walked the entire route with their support, despite his health problems.
Stephen says: “I went in for it at the last minute and my partner joined in and then some friends from work so there was a big group of us and it just snowballed from there. My partner organised all the sponsorship, to try and give a bit back to the unit. It was quite a buzz for me just getting round.”
He added: “All the staff at the hospital have been absolutely fantastic – out of this world. My consultant Michail Spanoudakis is a lovely chap and the care I have had has been unbelievable – I won’t hear a bad word said about the NHS.”
The donation will be used to buy specialist chairs for the unit.
Katherine Shearer, Clinical Nurse Specialist on the unit said: “For Stephen to have undertaken this challenge whilst on his current treatment is amazing. We are very proud of him and his achievement, along with that of his partner Lee-Ann and his colleagues and would want to thank them all for this fantastic donation, which will help other patients coming to the unit.”
Stephen isn’t going to stop there however, as he has plans for another fundraising event later in the year.