Fact­file: The Grate­ful Ladies

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Telegraph Appeal -

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.

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