Birthday bash helps charity

Nicola Neale with her colleagues Paula Pickersgill, (left) and Wendy Markey
Nicola Neale with her colleagues Paula Pickersgill, (left) and Wendy Markey

A nurse at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has celebrated her 40th birthday by raising £440 for Pancreatic Care UK.

Nicola Neale, a pancreatic cancer specialist nurse from Brighouse, raised the money through donations from friends and family at her birthday party held at Rastrick Bowling Club.

Nicola, based at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) said: “I can’t run and I can’t jump out of an aeroplane so this is my way of doing something memorable for my 40th birthday. Being a nurse, I know how important research into the early detection of pancreatic cancer is and the money I have raised will be going to a very worthwhile cause.”

The mum of two worked on the wards at HRI for 10 years before becoming a pancreatic cancer specialist nurse.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and the current Coronation Street storyline – featuring Hayley and Roy Cropper as they struggle with Hayley’s diagnosis - has helped to highlight the effects of the disease which is difficult to both detect and treat.

Nicola said: “Pancreatic cancer is not often talked about. We need more awareness about it and more money going into research to improve the chances of early diagnosis which can save lives.”