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Family donation helps cancer unit at The Princess Alexandra Hospital

A work connection and a commitment to a good cause has resulted in a fantastic donation to the cancer unit at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), in Harlow.

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The Barden family, from Harlow, recently presented a cheque for £800 to the Williams Day Unit at the hospital, as part of a fundraising event which altogether raised £1,600 for the Princess Alexandra Hospitals' Charity.

The Williams Day Unit is a dedicated cancer care ward, and ward manager Sarah Baker is delighted with the extra money: "£800 is a great and generous donation for us and we want to thank Darren and his family; we are so grateful that people spend their time fundraising for the Williams Day Unit."

Darren Barden, who worked with a PAHT staff member, Graham Norcott, in the past, became a committed supporter of cancer fundraising. He now regularly attends an annual event staged by Grahamand decided to put on a special event to raise more funds.

Darren organised a golf day and with Graham's support, put together the teams for the event, and arranged the day, which was held at Blake's golf course in North Weald.

Ward manager Sarah Baker explained: "We use donations received to enhance the patient experience. For instance in the past we have bought a device that scans the patient's hand to show us where the veins are located to ease cannulation - inserting a tube - for chemotherapy patients. This great donation will make a difference to our patients."

Graham said: "We got a tremendous 12 teams together and raised a total of £1,600 on the day. Thank you to everyone who supported the event."

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