Pat says thank-you

Goldthorpe PCSO Pat Eyres, will be holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning in honour of her daughter Nicole Birley, 25, who has recently finished chemotherapy. Picture: Liz Mockler S1266LM

Goldthorpe PCSO Pat Eyres, will be holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning in honour of her daughter Nicole Birley, 25, who has recently finished chemotherapy. Picture: Liz Mockler S1266LM

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A TRAUMATIC year spurred Bolton PCSO Pat Ayres to plan a Macmillan fundraiser as a special thank you to nurses.

Over the past year, Pat, 51, lost her mum Dorothy Sinclair to cancer at the age of 74. Her husband lost his dad to cancer, and the family suffered further loss when Pat’s nephew and his partner lost expected twins.

“It was a tough year,” said Pat, “but just when I thought we could move on my 25-year old daughter Nicole was diagnosed with lymphoma.I couldn’t believe it. She and her partner Andy had a 14-month old baby Oliver, and you just can’t help thinking the worst.”

But the family pulled together and Nicole recently finished six months of chemotherapy treatment at Doncaster’s Chatsworth Suite. A scare over a cyst on her ovary proved needless and four weeks after that operation, Nicole plans to return to work on Monday with Doncaster Council.

Professionals guided them through, said Pat, and along with her big effort tomorrow, Nicole’s partner Andy will cycle 26 miles on October 7, around Wakefield with three colleagues from Doncaster police to help raise cash for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Pat, who was the first Dearne PCSO nine years ago said: “I have realised this past year just what hard work goes on by dedicated people to help those who need support. You don’t know until events hit you personally. Macmillan nurses were a godsend for me and my mum. As the eldest daughter the strain fell on me at the end when it’s so hard to keep strong. The nurses are there for you to ease the burden.”

Of her daughter she added: “Nicole just had a lump on her neck. We thought it was nothing but it wouldn’t go. Again the staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary were wonderful and gave support every step of the way. Hopefully she’s through it now and can get back to some sort of normality.”

She continued: “It has all been an absolute nightmare, and because of the help we’ve had I wanted to give something back. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and hope plenty of people will come and support us.”

The MacMillan bumper Coffee Morning will feature a bake-off for both adults and kids involving local schools. The fun kicks off at 10am at Prospect Road Community Centre, Bolton-on-Dearne.

Andy Jackson plans to do more bike-a-thons to raise awareness of leukaemia and lymphoma research. He said: “It’s hard when you get a cancer diagnosis, especially when you have a little one. Many young people are affected though and should be aware of signs and symptoms.” Support Andy at justgiving.com/andrew-jackson1979