Golden wedding gifts help support centre at James Paget Hospital

From Left: Nikki Lee (Healthcare Assistant), Brian Hambling, Joan Hambling, Alison Kerrison (Office

From Left: Nikki Lee (Healthcare Assistant), Brian Hambling, Joan Hambling, Alison Kerrison (Office Manager) , Deborah Needham (Oncology Sister) and Emma Crowther ( Staff Nurse). Copyright Maurice Gray - Credit: Maurice Gray

A couple have raised £1,000 for the James Paget Hospital through donations on a special day.

Joan and Brian Hambling on their wedding day on 24th September 1966. – Picture supplied

Joan and Brian Hambling on their wedding day on 24th September 1966. – Picture supplied - Credit: Archant

Joan and Brian Hambling, of Caister on Sea, celebrated their golden wedding on September 24, at Hemsby Village Hall with nearly 100 guests and entertainment by Julie Dawn, but with a special request.

Instead of presents Joan and Brian requested donations, to the Sandra Chapman Centre at the James Paget Hospital and raised £1,000, which they presented to the Centre last week.

Mr and Mrs Hambling met in Great Yarmouth and were married at Ormesby Church in 1966. Together, they have two children and two grandchildren.

Mrs Hambling, who has completely recovered from her cancer, had received treatment at the centre during 2014/15, and was delighted to have raised so much money to help support the centre.

She said:'Although I had tremendous support from my family throughout my illness, the dedication of the staff at the Sandra Chapman Centre was fantastic and without their care and attention my life could have changed and I wouldn't be in the good position I am in now, so I owe everything to them and my surgeon.'

The centre delivers care and support to patients with malignant and non-malignant conditions, including blood disorders and cancers.

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Treatment for these conditions, investigative procedures and emergency care is performed at the unit. Approximately 60 patients attend the Centre daily for treatments, including chemotherapy and blood transfusions.

The day unit enables patients to have their treatments on a daily care basis rather than have to stay in hospital for several days.

Office manager Alison Kerrison said: 'If it wasn't for people like Joan and Brian the centre would not be able to have certain items, such as extra furniture, kitchen equipment and other items which helps the patients, towards their treatment and needs whilst at the centre in comfortable surroundings.

'Everything is greatly appreciated and it was a fantastic amount of money raised at Joan and Brian's Golden Wedding and all the staff are very grateful.'

Dr Terry Mitchell who will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the Sandra Chapman Centre, died last year.

In 1982 he was the first Haematology Consultant to join the staff of the newly built James Paget hospital and spent more than 20 years there. Dr Mitchell initiated the fundraising and building project, which resulted in the provision of the Sandra Chapman Centre.

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