Hot air balloon ride raises funds for Macmillan Unit

The Macmillan Nightingale Unit in the Royal Derby Hospital will soon benefit from the proceeds of a raffle for a hot air balloon ride, organised by the family of a woman who was treated at the unit.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 at the early age of 33, Wendy Sessions took a positive attitude to her future, not least for the sake of her seven-year-old son, Jack. She raised £1,000 for cancer charities by taking part in the Race for Life and compiled a wish list of ambitions, with a hot air balloon ride coming near the top of the list.

Her family and friends rallied round, with her employer treating the family to a Disneyland Paris holiday, while her friends booked and paid for the hot air balloon flight.

However, despite a lumpectomy and several months of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy and an initial hope that Mrs. Sessions had beaten the disease, it returned in an unusual and aggressive form on her scalp.

Mrs. Sessions was treated at the Macmillan Nightingale Unit throughout her illness, finally passing away at the end of May before she could experience the thrill of the hot air balloon ride she was so looking forward to.

Wanting to mark his gratitude for the care his wife received from the Macmillan nurses at the unit, whom he described as “angels”, Mr. Sessions decided to raffle the hot air balloon ride, which he is anticipating will raise several hundred pounds for the unit.

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