Mum on a mission makes Time for Tea with children after cancer scare

22nd March 2016

A Mother of 2 from Sheffield is hosting her very own tea party this summer to support the cancer hospital that saved her life.

Dorothy Davis (60) from Nether Green will invite friends and family to join her for tea and cake whilst simultaneously raising funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity after she was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer in 2014. Experienced pianist and organist, Dorothy, who teaches piano privately at Sheffield Girls High School as well as examining, visited her GP in November 2014 after experiencing difficulty swallowing. She was referred for an endoscopy and 2 weeks later she was told the shocking news that she had cancer. Dorothy said, -Absolutely nothing can prepare you for the news you have cancer. But I knew that if I was to beat this, I needed to approach it with positivity and determination. -The news that it had been caught early and that treatment options were available at Weston Park Hospital gave me the hope that I so desperately needed. Dorothy embarked on sessions of chemotherapy treatment at Weston Park Hospital followed by complex surgery to remove the tumour. Just over a year on from surgery and Dorothy has vowed to support Weston Park Hospital's dedicated charity by hosting a tea party on the 16th July with her children's help as part of Time for Tea. Now into its 3rd year, Time for Tea is an initiative which encourages people to host or attend a tea party to raise vital funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. Whether it's a tea party at home, in the community, or at work, the cancer charity is inviting supporters from across the region to pop the kettle on and bake some buns throughout the month of May. Dorothy continued, -It's been a difficult and emotional year so this Mother's Day marked a poignant day for us all when we sat as a family, and start planning our tea party. -The staff at Weston Park Hospital and the surgical team the Northern General helped me stay so upbeat and positive throughout treatment that we all want to show our appreciation- and what better way to do that than coming together with friends and family for a cup of tea! Keen gardener Dorothy has signed up for Time for Tea, which has raised £60,000 since 2014, and she hopes to support life-changing projects within Weston Park Hospital by welcoming people into her home for a garden party get-together. Now feeling excited about her future, Dorothy says that without her strong support network- including family, friends and her students' parents, she wouldn't be in the place she is today. Dorothy's daughter, Susannah said, -When my mum said those awful three words- I've got cancer- I felt like I'd been hit by a train and it changed my life instantly. -Because we are so close, it felt like I had been diagnosed too. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity needs to raise over £1.9 million this year to enable the funding of committed and new projects that will keep patients at the forefront of cancer treatment. Charity Fundraising Manager, Sarah Cross said, -We're delighted that despite going through such a difficult year Dorothy has chosen to support Time for Tea and host her own tea party. -Time for Tea is a great way to come together with friends or family to support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and help make a real difference to those fighting cancer across the region. -Whether it's at home, in the community or at work with colleagues, everyone can pop the kettle on and bake some buns this May to help raise vital funds for the future of cancer care at Weston Park Hospital. -After signing up to Time for Tea, each tea party host will receive their very own pack with bunting, cake labels, invitations and other items to make their tea party a success! A dedicated Facebook event page has been set up for Time for Tea on the charity's Facebook page and supporters are encouraged to use the hashtag #timefortea on Twitter. To sign up for Time for Tea visit www.timeforteaparty.com or call the Cancer Charity office on 0114 2265370.

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