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Housing Officer raises over £4,000 in memory of stepmum

ABERYSTWYTH Housing Officer Ffion Evans ran the Cardiff Half Marathon and raised more than £4,000 for the Bronglais Chemo Appeal after her step mum was diagnosed with cancer.

Step mum Carol Evans, 61, who was a diabetes nurse at Bronglais Hospital for 42 years, was diagnosed with cancer of the gall bladder back in May. She sadly passed away just a week before the half-marathon took place.

Ffion, 31, who lives in Aberystwyth and works for Barcud housing association, said: “I decided to do the half-marathon as a personal challenge and then, when Carol received her cancer diagnosis, I wanted to raise money for the Appeal.

“It was a very emotional day for us all, but I kept thinking of Carol and how brave she had been right to the very end and that kept me going to the finish line.”

Speaking back in September, Carol, who lived in Trisant, said: “I am pleased that Ffion is raising money for a new chemotherapy day unit. A lot of people will benefit as cancer touches so many people.

“After I was taken ill in May, a lot happened very quickly. Gallbladder cancer is quite rare and hard to detect. I have had great support from oncologist Dr Elin Jones and the cancer team at Bronglais Hospital.”

Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, Nicola Llewelyn, said: “We were very saddened to hear that Carol Evans had passed away. Our deepest condolences go to Carol’s family, friends and colleagues.

“A big thank you to Carol’s step daughter Ffion who ran the Cardiff Half and raised a fantastic amount for the Bronglais Chemo Appeal to fund a purpose-built chemotherapy day unit for Bronglais Hospital.

“The Bronglais Chemo Appeal was launched to raise the final £500,000 needed for construction to start on a new, purpose-built chemotherapy day unit for Bronglais Hospital.

“We are delighted to report that the Appeal has now passed its target. However, given the current economic climate, we predict that construction costs will increase. Every penny raised, including future donations, will therefore go directly to the Appeal fund, with any surplus funds used to support those affected by cancer across Ceredigion and mid Wales.”

Ffion is pictured (far right) presenting the cheque for £4,237 to (from left) Chemotherapy Nurse Sarah Garbutt, Chemotherapy Sister Cassie Thomas and Healthcare Support Worker Becky Fletcher.

For further information on the Appeal go to: www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk