Family raise £1,000s in tribute to Margaret
THE family of a woman who died from cancer have seen her honoured on a permanent memorial at the Christie Hospital.
Peter Boulton and his family have raised more than £16,000 for the Christie Charity, which cared for his late partner Margaret Hughes before she died from breast cancer four years ago.
As well as making collections at Margaret’s funeral, the family have dedicated their time to raising cash to qualify for a bronze leaf on the ‘Tree Of Hope’ at the Christie Hospital, which was unveiled at a special ceremony five years to the day Margaret died.
Peter, 68, who lives in Pott Shrigley, helped raise the cash by taking part in the Great North Run with his daughter Tansy Wilson, who despite battling Thyroid Cancer, also ran the Manchester 10k and London Marathon in aid of the fund.
Margaret’s son David, who married his wife Natalie in the same church where his mum was buried, helped kick start the Margaret Hughes Memorial Fund by taking part in the Manchester 10k.
Peter said: “Margaret gave time, effort and commitment to make improvements for others and it has been a great privilege to have been part of her remarkable journey. I am pleased that her legacy has continued through the Margaret Hughes Hope Tribute Fund in support of Breast Cancer Research to help The Christie reach its vision of a future without cancer.”
Margaret was mum to David and Karen and had four grandchildren before she died, with a fifth arrival since. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 and in 2002 became a member of Break Through Breast Cancer’s Campaign and Advocacy Network (CAN) and added her voice to make changes to breast cancer services and treatments to shape the lives of others.
She also contributed as a member of the Genetics Advisory Panel to campaign for improvements to services for people with family history of breast cancer.