Factfile: The Grateful Ladies
The PCTA incorporates the Grateful Ladies, a charity set up by Sandra Sheffield MBE and her friend Carole Davies. Sandra was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue in 1976 and needed two operations at Peterborough District Hospital. Following recovery, she formed The Grateful Ladies Group with Carole, who had also had cancer. The duo initially aimed to raise £ 50, which was achieved in just a month. They continued to organise charity events and eventually raised £ 3,750. Carole sadly passed away in 1977 when the cancer returned, at the age of 31. The fundraising continued and the £ 250,000 Peterborough Cancer Treatment Appeal was launched in 1981 , headed by retured surgeon Dennis Bracey. It started with a £ 40,000 donation , courtesy of five years of fundraising by the Grateful Ladies. Sandra was then invited to become a PCTA trustee. In 1984 the Sandra Sheffield and Carole Davies Radiotherapy Unit was opened at PDH Sandra was awarded the MBE in June 2000. The charity has raised more than £ 1m for various appeals.