A woman who has battled breast cancer twice has raised thousands to help other patients with the disease.

Sallyann Petts, 44, from Newthorpe, has supported Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Breast Cancer Research Appeal and national charity Breast Cancer Care since she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2010.

Each year school office administrator Sallyann hosts a Strawberry Tea event, held at the Georgian Ringwood Hall Hotel near Chesterfield – even organising 2013’s event while undergoing treatment for breast cancer a second time.

This year more than 270 ladies attended in the glorious sunshine, receiving mini pamper treatments, purchasing clothes and accessories and picking up a pamper pack donated by Boots and Weleda, and her 2017 donations of £1,739 to each cause has brought the total she has raised to almost £16,000.

Sallyann and Isaac Petts with Prof Chan
Sallyann and Isaac Petts with Prof Chan

Sallyann said: “I am truly grateful for everyone who supports my Strawberry Tea each year. This year we added in a fashion show along with some gorgeous stalls and of course the amazing array of mini treatments that were available.

“To raise this amount of money means so much to me and my family, I have battled and survived breast cancer twice and holding this yearly event is my way of giving something back to the charities who can help others.

Pampering at the Strawberry Tea
Pampering at the Strawberry Tea

“I was first diagnosed in 2010, when me and my husband Andrew had just had our little boy Isaac. I had found the tumour myself, and as my mother died of breast cancer it was obviously quite worrying.

“It had been found very early and with radiotherapy I had the lump removed.

“Then in 2012 it was picked up from routine checks that it had come back. It was unusual for it to come back so soon, I had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery to carry out a double mastectomy.

The Strawberry Tea
The Strawberry Tea

“Even when I was having treatment it was something I wanted to keep doing. It wasn’t long after having chemotherapy I started arranging the event – it gave me something to focus on, I wanted to get better, to carry on doing these and raising the money.

“Most people know somebody that’s been affected by some form of cancer, so everybody wants to give a bit back, and the event keeps growing and growing each year.”

Naomi Walters, senior community fundraiser at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We are so lucky to have Sallyann’s support. Each year she goes over and above to organise a glamorous event which is also a fantastic fundraiser.

“Her donations support the research of Professor Chan and his team who trial and deliver new drugs to breast cancer patients in Nottinghamshire and beyond.

“Sallyann and all who attend the Strawberry Tea are truly making a huge difference to lives of patients by helping to fund this vital research.”

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