Swadlincote mum fighting cancer raises thousands for kinder treatment

A Swadlincote mother battling cancer has raised more than £3,000 to support others like her and help research a kinder, less painful treatment for people with the disease.

Mother of three Louise Beattie, 48, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2019 and was on chemotherapy until April this year.

She is still being treated and says she has “a long way to go” because of side effects from the chemotherapy and is still seeing specialists and doctors.

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After undergoing chemotherapy and experiencing how painful it can be, Louise was determined to find ways to raise money to ensure research could be done to make treatment more friendly to patients, especially children.

Louise hosted a fundraiser event at the Swadlincote Snowsports Centre, Sir Herbert Wragg Way, on Saturday 24th July and included a range of activities such as raffle, karaoke, raffle and a medium.

The money will go to the Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Group (CCLG), a children’s charity that aims to cure as many children as possible while reducing the side effects of cancer treatment.

Louise, who works as a personal wellness consultant, said: “I’m making sure I stay positive and trying to keep going, but I still have a long way to go before I’m free.

“It’s been a long journey but luckily it’s not as bad as before and I’m confident and cheerful that one day I’ll be my normal self again.

Dolly Parton impersonator Lucy Floyd in action. Watch the video below of her playing Dolly’s tunes. (Image: Louise Beattie)

“This event has allowed me to keep busy, and although I had to cancel it three times due to the pandemic, I got a great response from the community

“We had a photo booth, an alcohol raffle, sweet cones and live entertainment from Lucy Floyd, who performed as Dolly Parton for free.

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“I would also like to give a notable mention to Spice Touch, in Church Gresley, who had a charity night where half of the proceeds they made were donated to charity and I am very proud of those around me because without this would not have been possible for them.

“There are a few others like Neil Sears and Marie Sturgess who have been incredibly helpful in making the event a success and I have been blown away by the support and response.

“Hopefully the money raised can go a long way towards supporting cancer patients like me and I hope to have a presentation in a few weeks where the check for £3,220 will be handed over to the CCLG.”

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