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Right Arrow ‘Fantastic’ Heather inspires cancer charity walk
01 May 2015 at 15:27
A young mum’s inspirational coming to terms with cancer has helped raise £630 for the NHS unit helping treat her.

Heather Rodgers, 31, from Southport, received a terminal diagnosis of bowel and liver cancer just after Christmas.

She and husband Ben have two children Adia, three, and Heath, one, and attend Christ Church in Lord Street, Southport.

Fellow member of the congregation Pete Cunningham was inspired by Heather’s faith and strength of character to raise money for the Medical Day Unit at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Heather said: “I don’t know how people get through something like this without faith. Since very soon after I was told it was terminal, I have had a total feeling of peace. It’s in God’s hands and the support and prayers for my recovery from the church has been fantastic.”

Before her diagnosis Heather was a music therapist at Derian House, a children’s hospice near Chorley. She has now taken on the role of worship director at Christ Church and is developing its musical repertoire.

Pete said: “Heather is a fantastic person and inspired me to do the walk. I was going to a Christian retreat near Skipton, in north Yorkshire, and decided to ask church members to sponsor me to walk the 63 miles there rather than drive.”

He set off on Easter Sunday and arrived the following Wednesday, clocking up £10 a mile.

A self-confessed couch potato, Pete now has the walking bug and plans to walk the 70 miles to another church event at Whitchurch in Shropshire, sleeping rough in a tent to raise money for the homeless.

Picture shows Heather Rodgers and Pete Cunningham with Sister Julie Marshall, from the Medical Day Unit at Southport hospital, and Nurse Heather Vasey, from The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The Trust has a budget of £186m and employs 3,600 staff. In 2013/14, we saw 248,102 outpatients; treated 61,096 inpatients; made 305,750 community care contacts outside hospital; supported the birth of 2,766 babies; and attended to 95,146 urgent care cases.