A COUPLE who battled through breast cancer together raised £865 for Calderdale Royal Hospital’s Macmillan unit on their ruby wedding.
Denise Edge and her husband Dennis said they wanted to give something back to the centre, where she had chemotherapy.
The 57-year-old said: “I couldn’t have been better treated. The nurses were absolutely wonderful with me.”
The couple’s three children threw them a party for the landmark anniversary, and relatives and friends donated cash instead of buying gifts.
“We’ve had all the rough times last year and wanted to celebrate,” said Mrs Edge.
“After 40 years we’ve got everything we want so it just seemed like a good way to say thank you. I was totally surprised when we counted everything up.”
Mrs Edge was diagnosed two days before Christmas 2009 and had lumpectomy followed by a mastectomy and five months of chemotherapy.
“I was really, really poorly and all my hair fell out. It was just terrible. But I just said if it’s got to go, get rid of it. That was my attitude.”
She said her husband was her rock through the ordeal, which she is now recovering from.
“When we were told, I was absolutely devastated,” she said.
“Then we came home and he said: ‘We’ll get through it, no matter what.’ And we have.Every clinic, every appointment, no matter where I go he’s always there.”
The couple, of Occupation Lane, Illingworth, thanked loved ones for all their support.
Mr Edge, 59, said: “You realise just how good your friends and family are when it comes to a situation like that. Times are hard and for people to give what they did is just unbelievable.”
The couple’s eldest son Darren, 39, has also raised £1,000 for the unit by completing the Great North Run. The family will continue fund-raising next month, when Mrs Edge will run with dozens of family and friends in Halifax’s Race for Life, in aid of Cancer Research UK.
To give, visit The Queen pub, West Vale, or www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/deniseedge0654.