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Weston Park Cancer Charity
Weston Park Cancer Charity
Christmas Star Appeal 2018

Christmas Star Appeal 2018

Why we need your help

Members of the public are warmly invited to leave their special Christmas message and make an online donation towards the Weston Park Cancer Charity Christmas Star Appeal 2018.

In recognition of your donation, you will receive a silver star badge. Whether you wear your star in memory of a loved one, in celebration of Weston Park Hospital or simply in the hope of a better future to come, we hope you will pin it with pride, safe in the knowledge that you are making a positive difference to families fighting cancer this Christmas. Please note, we may only receive your contact details from Virgin Money Giving depending on your communication preferences. If you would like to contact us directly to ensure you receive a silver star please call the Charity Team on 0114 226 5370 to donate to the Christmas Star Appeal.

Gracie’s Christmas Miracle 

Throughout the festive rush there is often an unsung hero; a star that shines brighter than the one that tops your tree. Family. But many of us don’t stop to imagine that our loved ones may not always be around to make Christmas magical.

For Gracie Butler, from South Anston, this became a reality, when at just 18 years old she was diagnosed with cancer. In 2011, she was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma - a rare malignant cancerous tumour which can develop in the bone or soft tissue - and was put under the care of the Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park Hospital.

Diagnosis, followed by aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, was a bewildering time for Gracie, but little did she know her world was to be turned upside down once again, when she was told that due to an intensive treatment programme, she would be going through cancer treatment and spending Christmas in hospital.

Thanks to the “exceptional care” she received on the Teenage Cancer Unit at Weston Park Hospital, Gracie and her family were supported throughout the journey they faced to remain by each other’s side. And that difficult Christmas became a little more magical when Gracie was able to return home just in time for Christmas Eve.

“The support we received on the Teenage Cancer Unit wasn’t just about Gracie,” Says Gracie’s mum, Hannah.

“Yes, it was all about her health and wellbeing, but they also thought about family and how important that is to recovery. You felt like you ‘belonged’ and we were able to come together with other families who understood what you thought others couldn’t. We were stronger in supporting Gracie because Weston Park made us whole again.”

Gracie’s battle on Weston Park’s Teenage Cancer Unit lasted for more than a year, before she was given the all-clear in 2013.

“The miracle conceived after cancer.” 

Gracie had always dreamt of completing her family, but was warned that the aggressive treatment she received would leave her unable to have children.

Four years after treatment, however, Gracie defied the odds, and gave birth to her “miracle” baby boy, Roux.

“We were told that the chance of conceiving after chemotherapy was non-existent and that due to the urgency of treatment, there was no time to plan an ulterior course of action.  So when I found out I was pregnant I didn’t know what to say; there I was, pregnant with our miracle baby. It was just meant to be.”

Gracie’s star will be shining bright this Christmas. But there are so many families across the region who will be living through a festive season with cancer.

That’s why this Christmas, Weston Park Cancer Charity is asking for your help,
so we can keep more families like Gracie’s together for longer.
Will you help to make sure Weston Park Cancer Charity can be there for everyone
who needs support by making a donation to our Christmas Star Appeal?

That’s why this Christmas, Weston Park Cancer Charity is asking for your help,so we can keep more families like Gracie’s together for longer.

Will you help to make sure Weston Park Cancer Charity can be there for everyonewho needs support by making a donation to our Christmas Star Appeal?


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Dec 31, 2018

Kate Murphy

Weston park are truely amazing. Not only do they help the patient but also the family. My husband as just finished his treatment but still as a tough journey ahead. But we know with the support from Weston park he will get there. Thank you from all of s

(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Dec 24, 2018

Louise D

Happy Christmas to everyone at Weston Park, wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019.

(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Dec 23, 2018

Pauline n Katy

(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Dec 22, 2018


(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Dec 21, 2018

Jo S

(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Dec 20, 2018


Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to the wonderful staff at Weston Park Hospital. Thank you for your dedication, hard work and amazing care.

(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Dec 15, 2018


(plus 3.75 giftaid)

Dec 10, 2018

Hazel and family

Happy Christmas Mum and Dad. Always in our hearts - love and miss you both xxx

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Dec 10, 2018

Alison Titterton

(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Dec 09, 2018

Angela Sharpe

In memory of my beloved fiance Peter Chiver who lost his fight to small cell lung cancer in March.


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Total plus Gift Aid 631.25

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Raised offline 0.00

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