A CANCER survivor has inspired her Peak District village of 600 residents to stage a host of fundraising events to raise money in the fight against the disease.
The community of Litton has shown unprecedented support by celebrating a week of activities in honour of Annette Scott, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer over two years ago.
So far residents have raised more than £8,000 to be split between Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in Sheffield and Breakthrough Breast Cancer through events including a car wash, indoor triathlon, a pink themed party, beauty therapies and a photographic auction.
Local pub the Red Lion is exhibiting 13 black and white images donated by photographers from across the Peak District, each printed with a flash of pink, in a bid to hit a £10,000 target.
Annette, aged 56, who runs a b&b, was diagnosed after finding a malignant lump in February 2009. She decided to have a mastectomy the following month following an intensive course of chemotherapy at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. She was later treated at Weston Park Hospital.
After discovering she carried a rare gene increasing her chances of the cancer reoccurring by 80%, she decided to have another mastectomy.
Her ovaries were also removed in the same operation because of the high risk of contracting ovarian cancer.
Married to Fraser, the mother-of-four, said: “The money raised so far is just fantastic with the whole village really getting behind the cause and putting on such a wonderful array of activities.
“Raising money was not only important to me because of the treatment I received but also because my family has been immensely affected by cancer, losing my sister 21 years ago and also my niece at just 33, to a very aggressive form of breast cancer when I was receiving treatment.
“Weston Park Hospital provided me with tremendous care and support, and without the village this wonderful amount of money wouldn’t have been achieved, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued love and support.”
Annette is now in remission and receives regular check-ups to monitor her health.
Phillip Ward, 50, one of the organisers of the week, said: “The idea all began when we decided to donate the money from the pub quiz to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and we started talking about doing something on a big scale.
“The entire village got behind the event and within three months we had arranged a week of fun attracting people from all over to raise more than £7,000 plus proceeds from the auction, for these two fantastic charities – all in aid of our good friend Annette.”
Helen Gentle, fundraising officer for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: The village of Litton is an inspiration to us all, and we are absolutely thrilled with the fantastic total raised.
“We are now urging everyone to get behind the photography auction to raise more funds to help us continue to support cancer research and improve cancer treatment and care for people across our region”
The auction is now live and prints can be viewed and bids made by visiting http://theredlionlitton.co.uk/litton-beating-breast-cancer/ by Saturday, when bids close.