Doncaster girl inspires fundraising drive at FHM
Published by Claire Tinston for IPB Communications in Housing and also in Communities
Julia Bennett who lost her fight against cancer
AN accounts team has helped raise money in memory of a young colleague who lost her fight against cancer after battling the disease since her teens.
Employees at Doncaster-based Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) raised £1,112 as a tribute to Julia Bennett, an assistant sales ledger clerk, who joined the company in October 2009.
Julia, from Barnby Dun, Doncaster, was 21 when she passed away in the summer of 2011, after she was diagnosed with cancer for the third time.
The money raised by the FHM team has been donated to Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, where half of the funds will be directed to the hospital’s Teenage Cancer Unit, on which Julia received some of her treatment.
The remaining funds will go towards the charity’s aim of helping to fund pioneering cancer research improving treatments and care.
Members of the FHM team joined Julia’s parents Steve and Maureen Bennett, who also live in Barnby Dun, to present the funds raised to nurses from the hospital’s Teenage Cancer Unit.
Steve said: “Julia was a larger than life character. We are amazingly proud of how she coped, she stayed positive and got the most out of life despite her illness.
“We are delighted that Julia’s colleagues at FHM have donated the money to the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, and that the Teenage Cancer Unit will benefit from the fundraising.
“We can’t thank the nurses on the ward enough and we’ve seen first-hand how important it is that young people undergoing treatment have a ‘youthful’ environment around them, one that is welcoming to both family and friends.”
Suzanne Shawcroft, Accounts Manager at FHM, said: “Julia is sadly missed by us and we wanted to help keep her memory alive in the office and for her parents. We are pleased the money we were able to collect will go to such a good cause.”
Katie Cartwright, Fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “Julia’s colleagues have done so well to raise such an amount of money in her memory and we would like to thank them very much for all of their efforts.
“It is especially sad and tragic when young people like Julia fall victim to cancer. The money that has been raised really will help to make a difference for other cancer patients here at Weston Park Hospital.”
A former Hungerhill School pupil, Julia was just 17 when she was first diagnosed with bone cancer above her left knee in April 2008. She underwent chemotherapy as an inpatient at Weston Park Hospital, where she stayed on the Teenage Cancer Unit.
The treatment was followed by an operation at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham to remove the affected bone, followed by further chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital.
In August 2010 Julia was diagnosed with secondary tumours in her lungs. Treatment again involved chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital followed by two operations at Northern General Hospital in Sheffield in early 2011.
But in August 2011, Julia was diagnosed with another tumour and passed away the following month.
The team at FHM raised the funds through a raffle and after carrying collecting tins rounds the offices while singing.