Thursday 31st October 2013 – 6.15pm – Murray MacGregor.
For one member of staff at West Midlands Ambulance Service, taking part in ‘Wear It Pink’ day last Friday was particularly important. Susan Partridge, who works at Headquarters was diagnosed with breast cancer in February after a pain appeared following a chest infection.
Five weeks later she had a mastectomy and underwent six lots of chemotherapy and is now on Tamoxifen Tablets for the next five years. Her last chemo was in August.
Susan was determined to garner the support of other staff at the Trust and raise money for this very worthy cause.
For staff based at Headquarters, there were games, a raffle, a cake sale and most non-operational staff dressed in pink – even some of the blokes!
Susan’s drive and determination motivated many people to get involved and raise over £600 for the Breast Cancer Campaign.
In addition, a number of Patient Transport Service staff who work in the Non-Emergency Operations Centre staff within University Hospital Birmingham also did their bit managing to raise almost £120.
This isn’t the first event Susan has organised since returning to work. Earlier this month she joined two colleagues in the ‘Race for Life’ which took place at Himley Hall during twilight hours. Together with Claire Foran and Fiona Limacher, they walked the 5km in a very respectable time of 41 minutes and 22 seconds. The total amount raised was just over £700
Susan said: “The walk was an emotional one, but an enjoyable one too as the money raised will all be going to a very good cause. I cannot thank Claire and Fiona enough for their support during the walk and also while I was undergoing my treatment.
“To say that I am thrilled to complete the course in the time when it has only been two months since my last chemotherapy session is an understatement.
“Thank you also to all those who took part in ‘Wear It Pink Day’. To see so many friends and colleagues taking part was really heart-warming.”
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Staff at WMAS Headquarters on Wear It Pink day
Susan with Claire (middle) and Fiona (right)