Family raises cash for vital treatment

Helen Kewen and her mum Ellen Hogarth.
Helen Kewen and her mum Ellen Hogarth.
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Two daughters are working to raise thousands of pounds to help their mother get vital treatment.

In March this year, doctors detected a mass on Ellen Hogarth’s liver, and she was diagnosed with cancer.

Ellen Hogarth with her daughters Helen Kewer and Caroline Hedley.

Ellen Hogarth with her daughters Helen Kewer and Caroline Hedley.

The 64-year-old, from Blyth, was told the cancer was inoperable and was not treatable with chemotherapy.

Her daughter Helen Kewen said: “We were told that there is one last hope and that is a treatment which is not fully funded on the NHS but something we could fund, which is her best hope of survival.”

Helen and her sister Caroline Hedley, are now working to raise £9,700 needed to receive treatment called SIRTS, which will hopefully reduce the tumour to a size which can then be operated on and removed.

Caroline added: “My mam has always been fit and healthy, so the news we received in March following a routine scan has just devastated the whole family.

My mam has always been fit and healthy, so the news we received in March following a routine scan has just devastated the whole family

Caroline Hedley

“There is no way we can put a price tag on her life and not look at ways in which we can get her this treatment, she is the most kind, loving and caring wife, mother, grandma and friend and would do anything for anyone.”

Helen’s son Sam has created an online funding page which people can donate to, at www.gofundme.com/v58rm4mg and has so far raised £2,830 towards the treatment.

A fundraising evening is being held at The Seahorse in Blyth, on Friday, June 26, which will include raffle prizes from local businesses.

More events are planned for the summer to help raise the total amount.