A GRATEFUL patient and his wife have recently donated £1,350 to the Lilac Centre in St Helens Hospital after he received successful treatment for bowel cancer.
Tony and Linda Huyton hosted a summer garden party at their Bickerstaffe home to help raise funds, and increase awareness of the disease.
Tony was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March 2012, undergoing three operations in order to remove the large tumour, followed by six months of chemotherapy at the Lilac Centre, which finished on Christmas Eve.
However, this was not the couple’s first battle against cancer. In 1991 Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, which returned in 1995 having spread to her lymph glands. She then fought on to battle a brain tumour diagnosed in 1999.
Both Tony and Linda said how they both received great treatment and support from NHS staff over the years inspiring them to organise numerous charity events.
The couple have always taken pride in their garden, so it was the perfect venue to host the Lilac Centre fundraising event.
Tony said: “I am extremely grateful for the care and support that my family and I received from the Lilac Centre and hope this donation can help other patients and families through a difficult time.
“The Lilac Centre doesn't seem to get a lot of press and I felt it needed to be noticed.”
Jeanette Ribton, the centre’s manager, said: “I would like to thank Tony and Linda, their family, and all those who have supported them, for their generous donation.”