Mum who battled breast cancer twice raises money for research

Sallyann Petts stands with Professor Stephen Chan holding a cheque for £3,106.50

Posted on: 11 Aug 2022

A local mum who has battled breast cancer twice has raised more than £3,200 for breast cancer research at Nottingham Hospitals during her latest fundraising event.

Sallyann Petts has so far raised more than £32,000 in total for breast cancer charities, half of which she has donated to our Breast Cancer Research Appeal, to support research into the disease being carried out by Professor Stephen Chan at NUH.

Sallyann holds a Strawberry Tea And Ladies Pamper Afternoon each year. She said: "I was very fortunate to be under the care of Professor Chan during my breast cancer battle, I have been very lucky, and I am now ten years clear. On receiving my second diagnosis I made the decision to have a double mastectomy as I had also lost my mother only four years previously to breast cancer, and saw this as the best option for me.

"Undergoing six months of chemotherapy followed by the surgery I had a hard hill to climb to get back to myself, but I did it with the support of my family and friends and this is when I had the idea and started planning my first event. 

"Each year my Strawberry Tea has grown. This year was held at Eastwood Hall Hotel and tickets sold out in a matter of weeks. During the afternoon we raised the amazing figure of £6,413.50 which is spilt between two charities. Over 300 ladies were treated to some beautiful retail therapy by the 20 stalls that attended the event, mini pamper treatments that were offered by the 17 therapists, a very glamorous fashion show, plus a raffle and auction."

Charity Stow, Community Fundraiser at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We are extremely grateful for Sallyann’s ongoing support for our Breast Cancer Research Appeal. The money she raises each year makes a big difference to other patients with breast cancer by allowing us to continue funding research into diagnosis and treatment of the disease. This year’s Strawberry Tea was another wonderful event, and we’re really grateful to everyone who attended and donated.”

Sallyann's event can be found on Facebook @StrawberryTeaAndLadiesPamperAfternoon or email for more information.

Thank you so much to Sally for her ongoing support.

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