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CHARITY FUNDRAISING CEILIDH at Ely College on 9th November from 7-11pm

My name is Sheila Neill, I live in Ely and dance with Ely and Littleport Riot. Over the last 18 months, I have had a lot of care from both Papworth and Addenbrookes hospitals, and it struck me how lucky we are in this area to have such good hospitals, and all free at the points of supply through the NHS.


In May of 2018, I was taken ill and it was discovered by staff at Addenbrookes Hospital that I had two failing heart valves. As a matter of urgency, I was rushed to Papworth Hospital where the great skill of my surgeon in an open-heart operation repaired both valves. Following three and a half weeks of superb care, I was discharged into the care of my GP and the cardiac nurses.

During my recovery from that procedure, it was discovered that I had bowel cancer, which required further surgery and chemotherapy treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital. I completed my treatment for that in May 2019. So that was two serious conditions successfully treated by the NHS within one year.

I have now recovered and am getting stronger weekly with continuing support from the hospital and community services and, feeling the joy of life and looking back on all the help and care I received from medical and associated staff at the two hospitals, I have decided to have a fundraising ceilidh and supporting entertainments to raise funds for the hospital charities and Macmillan Cancer Care, as well as it being a way of celebrating life and expressing my thanks for all the help I have received.

Act for Addenbrookes and The Royal Papworth Charity provide monies for extra equipment and support crucial current research projects, etc.  Although the NHS provides the basic services to a remarkably high standard in this area, there is always room for more financial help to complement the already-excellent services.

We probably all know someone who has benefited from the advice and support that the Macmillan cancer charity provides. This includes comprehensive booklets on all topics relating to cancer care, extra training for nurses and medical staff, and direct patient support if needed. They also run discussion groups. I have registered my event with these three charities who are giving me help in organising it.

A ceilidh is an evening of dance and live music. The musicians for the dancing will be the wonderful local group, Catch The Pigeon with caller Trevor Smith who will direct the dances. There will be a bar selling real ales, lager, Guinness, wines, and soft drinks, and a ploughman’s supper will be included in the ticket price. Additional entertainment is coming from an excellent local folk singer, Andy Wall, and from newcomer Oscar Wolfe, who will also entertain us with a few songs. I have an excellent MC, Brian Watson. I will be having a raffle, with prizes donated by many local companies, and there may even be a game or two during the interval. This will be a superb evening. Special thanks are due to Ely Folk Club for all their advice and assistance.

To buy a ticket for this great night out on Saturday 9th November 2019 from 7pm-11pm at Ely College, Downham Road, Ely, go to Babylon Arts (Waterside, Ely), or Ely Tourist information Centre, (Cromwell House, Ely), or online at www.elyhospitalfundraiser.wordpress.com