Chemotherapy patients say thanks to Macmillan staff

From left: receptionist Tom Leahy, Jeanette McKnight, Gary Starling, Sarah Ziemer, Jane Bottomley, Paul Bottomley, Jane's sister Janet Myhowycz, Aileen Robertson and Susan Walker
From left: receptionist Tom Leahy, Jeanette McKnight, Gary Starling, Sarah Ziemer, Jane Bottomley, Paul Bottomley, Jane's sister Janet Myhowycz, Aileen Robertson and Susan Walker

Two women who have become close friends during chemotherapy treatment have treated staff at their Macmillan Unit to a meal out.

Jane Bottomley, from Sowerby Bridge, and Jeanette McKnight, from Brighouse are on trial having chemotherapy treatment at Calderdale Royal Hospital’s Macmillan Unit every week for 18 weeks after both being diagnosed with cancer.

They say the treatment they have received from staff - from receptionists to nurses - has made the feel “like family” rather than patients - and wanted to say thank you.

The women and their partners presented vouchers worth £150 to the team. Each couple donated £50 and Da Sandros restaurant at Birchencliffe, Huddersfield, where Jeanette’s partner Gary Starling works, also donated £50.

Jeanette said: “The staff here are more like friends to us and we wanted to give them something special. They get lots of chocolates and flowers so we wanted something a bit different.”

Sister Sarah Ziemer, said: “This is a real surprise. We are very touched.”

In the weekly treatment trial, a third of the dose is given each time rather than one dose every three weeks which is usual.