They met through their mutual love of dog walking - and they will be together again to show their support for the Sheffield region’s only cancer hospital.
Eight women from the south of Sheffield are joining a sponsored night walk in Ecclesall Woods on Saturday October 4 in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Some of them have been personally affected by cancer, and others have had close family and friends who have required the hospital’s expertise.
One of the participants in Light the Night, Sylvia Brinnen, of Norton, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and received treatment at Weston Park.
“It came as a complete shock,” she said. “I felt really well and there was certainly no indication that I could have an advanced form of breast cancer.”
Sylvia embarked on a course of chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital followed by a mastectomy and removal of her lymph nodes at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
Under the care of Weston Park Hospital consultant, Professor Rob Coleman, she was offered the chance to go onto a clinical trial called the Anzac Study and subsequently underwent radiotherapy sessions followed by a course of Herceptin.
“I must admit it was a terrifying experience, but everyone at the hospital, from the receptionists to those who made the cups of tea, were absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t fault the impeccable quality of care.
“It really did make such a distressing experience that little bit more manageable knowing that after just one visit, the staff all knew my name and my personal needs were considered on an individual basis.”
Fiona Higgins, of Greenhill, was inspired to join the 4.5km torch-lit after losing her mum, Margaret, to oesophagus cancer in 2006.
“I took part in the first Light the Night walk in 2012 after losing my mum and the atmosphere was stupendous!” she said. “It was an obvious choice to do it all again surrounded by some of my closest friends.”
Fiona is a regular visitor to Ecclesall Woods - and met her husband, Dave, there while walking her dogs in 2007.
Sylvia and Fiona are being joined by Lise Jackson, of Bradway, Gaenor Jackson, of Totley, Liz France-White, of Beauchief, Amanda Wragg, of Norton, Angie Corner, of Holmesfield, and Kate Dixon, of Dore.
Light the Night is in its third year with an invitation to walkers of all ages to take to the trail through the ancient woodlands.
There will also be live entertainment. Last year’s event raised £40,000. Participants are asked to raise £35 or more in sponsorship and will receive a free glow T-shirt to wear on the night.
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