Couple share festive love at hospital ward

Paul and Jane Bottomley visited staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital's Macmillan cancer treatment ward with Christmas crackers and mince pies for patients
Paul and Jane Bottomley visited staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital's Macmillan cancer treatment ward with Christmas crackers and mince pies for patients
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Cancer patients will enjoy some festive cheer on Christmas day - thanks to a loving couple who spent months on the Halifax ward.

Paul and Jane Bottomley, of Beechwood, Sowerby Bridge, came bearing gifts to Calderdale Royal’s Macmillan ward - where they spent Christmas 2012 when Jane was treated for ovarian cancer.

Paul and Jane, whose cancer is now in remission, delivered 100 mince pies and 99 Christmas crackers in the hope of bringing a little cheer to patients and their families, tomorrow.

“We know only too well what it was like to spend Christmas day in hospital - no one wants to be there. If we can put a smile on one person’s face then it’ll all be worth it,” said the father-of-two.

“For the patients there this year, stay strong and try to keep positive - you’ve got to,” said 47-year-old Paul.

The loving husband of Jane, 45, whom he wed 28-years-ago, said he feels all his Christmases have come at once after Jane was given the ‘all clear’, last week.

“It was a massive milestone for us - we’re over the moon. Jane’s cancer has been in remission for two years now.

“We’re so looking forward to Christmas day with the kids and this year, to give Jane the break she deserves - we’re going out for a three course meal,” he said.

Mr and Mrs Claus will be returning to the hospital on their sleigh when they deliver selection boxes for poorly children also spending their Christmas day at Calderdale Royal.

The local fundraising hero, who has been shortlisted for an ITV Pride of Britain award, has raised in excess of £20,000, over two years, for the cancer treatment ward after going into a fundraising frenzy in a measure to keep his mind off of his wife’s cancer and to help others going through similar heartache.