A WOMAN battling cancer for the second time is aiming to raise thousands of pounds to help others fighting the disease.
Rachel Venables, 42, from Flint, wants to generate £3,000 for Blue Sky North Wales which will pay for vital new equipment for Glan Clwyd hospital.
It is hoped money raised will go towards buying a vein finder machine that makes vital injections easier for both patients and staff by highlighting clear veins under the skin.
Rachel beat breast cancer in 2008 but was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs, liver, bones and ovaries in February, 2012.
After undergoing numerous treatments, Rachel wanted to do something to repay the people who had looked after her so well in hospital.
She said: “The treatment I’ve received has been unbelievable and it made me want to give something back for the help they’ve given me.
“Glan Clwyd constantly needs funding and with the illness I’ve got, I can’t climb a mountain but with the community we have in Flint, I felt like we could raise a lot of money and started a Just Giving page.
“The treatment brings discomfort to patients and the nurses because they feel like they’re causing pain so this machine finds the vein required and makes the treatment so much easier.”
In addition to her fund raising page, Rachel has also set up two events to help raise the money required.
On September 21, a golf day is being held at Flint Golf Club with various events including a disco. A month later, on October 25, a dinner dance will take place at the A55 Holiday Inn featuring an auction with prizes donated by businesses across Flint.
Tickets for the dinner dance sold out rapidly and the response to the event has really pleased Rachel.
She said: “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response, especially on the local Facebook page.
“Many people are touched by cancer and so many people are being so generous.
“People have been donating prizes, from nail treatments to televisions.”
Those interested in playing at the Flint golf day should sign up at the club on Cornist Lane before September 21.
Entry fees are £5 per adult and £3 per child.