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PR consultant raises £5,000 for hospital that has helped her battle cancer

PR consultant Sara Tye has raised £5,000 for the hospital that has cared for her during her battle with stage four colon cancer, as well as a host of charities dedicated to raising awareness, researching and saving lives affected by cancer in the UK.

The Swindon-based founder of RedheadPR was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in February this year. The diagnosis was delayed by the effects of the pandemic, meaning her chances of remission were slim from the start.

Sara has taken to fundraising to give back to a community of oncology pharmacists, oncology nurses, volunteers, consultants, junior doctors and district nurses that have helped her in her journey through her first chemotherapy regime, which lasted six months.

A JustGiving crowdfunding page was set up in March 23 with the goal of raising £5,000 for Great Western Hospital in Swindon, the Macmillan nurses who cared for her as well as Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and Brighter Futures.

“It was a huge shock being diagnosed straight away with stage four bowel cancer, but the love I’ve received from my community of friends and family plus everybody looking after me to help make me better has meant that I’ve been truly blessed,” said Sara.

“It’s bittersweet to finally feel the most loved and cared for in my life, but at the same time feeling so ill. If I hadn’t had the support I would not have been able to carry on working and look after my adopted children and family.

“It’s really important that funds are raised continually for these charities and institutions because cancer is one of the biggest killers and cases are increasing.

“To make a difference we need to keep on investing in the services that everyone provides for patients across the UK and the world.”

Dr Sarah Lowndes, a consultant medical oncologist at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received the cheque on behalf of the charities.

Specialising in the treatment of colorectal cancer, lung cancer and cancer of unknown primary, Dr Lowndes has been instrumental in directing Sara’s chemotherapy and treatment.

Pictured: Dr Sara Lowndes and Macmillan Nurses