A WOMAN with incurable cancer who has raised more than £22,000 has vowed to carry on fundraising for as long as possible.
Rachel Venables, 43, of Flint, has helped raise a staggering £22,956 for Blue Sky North Wales – which has already helped pay for vital new equipment for Glan Clwyd Hospital.
And, despite undergoing her own gruelling cancer treatments, Rachel has expressed hope that she can continue fundraising for as long as possible.
She said: “One morning in September I woke up quite early and thought to myself ‘life is for living’.
“I wanted to give something back to all the care and treatment I had received.
“Within minutes of creating and putting the link on Facebook the donations started coming and I was up to the £3,000 within days, I couldn’t stop crying with joy and was so overwhelmed about the help from the community of Flint and others too.
“I never ever thought I would raise anywhere near the amount and the love, strength and generosity from everyone involved will never ever be taken from me.”
Rachel, a mother-of-one, beat breast cancer in 2008 but was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs, liver, bones and ovaries in February, 2012.
Although being told that she cannot be cured, Rachel has vowed to fight against the disease for as long as she can.
She said: “I have incurable cancer but I will keep fighting and make mine and my family’s life a joy. Life is for living, smiling, love and affection, which will hopefully carry for a number of years to come.
“Currently I am being looked after in Nightingale House Hospice, which is more like a five-star hotel, and I will, hopefully, raise some money for them after I am discharged – the volunteers that are here are just amazing.”
Thanks to Rachel’s incredible fundraising efforts, a vein finder machine, affectionately known as ‘Vera’, has already been bought to improve patient comfort while undergoing treatment at Glan Clwyd.
Sue Slegg, ward sister at the treatment centre in Bodelwyddan, said: “These pieces of equipment that fundraisers, like Rachel, raise money for are crucial to ensuring that the very best level of care and comfort can be offered to patients."
Several other items have been bought with the money and Rachel said it would not have been possible without the fundraising efforts of people throughout the region.
A golf event, set up by friend Ceri Noble, helped raise about £5,000, and more than £10,000 was raised by three of Rachel’s friends – Clair Hughes, Kev Francis and Cheryl Sheady – after organising a fundraising dinner and dance ball.