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HCA gives back to service with donation

A Health Care Assistant, working for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has dedicated her time to raise money for Three Wishes Charity after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.

Tracey Gee, 45, from Highfield, Wigan raised £9,500 to give back to the Trust, after receiving treatment at Wigan Infirmary.

In August 2016, Tracey heard the life changing news that she had breast cancer and, following a lumpectomy in both her breast and upper arm, Tracey also had to have five months of chemotherapy and 21 sessions of radio therapy.

She described her time throughout each session as a very draining and tiring time.

“The most upsetting thing was losing my hair;” described Tracey.

After surgery, performed both times by Surgical Consultant, Mr Amar Deshpande, Tracey was keen to raise as much money as she could to give back to three different charities.

Family and friends of Tracey’s attended a breast cancer event night, at Wigan’s DW Stadium to raise money in October 2017. In total, over 350 people came to support the great cause, as well as Tracey.


Tracey with friend, Sue Ledson, at DW event

And the fund raising didn’t stop there. Alongside 20 other family and friends, Tracey then took part in a 5K neon walk, at Salford Quays, Manchester, to help towards raising money, and held well a cake sale at Leigh Infirmary with patients, staff and relatives buying sweet treats.  

Tracey, who has worked at Leigh Infirmary as a HCA for 13 years, has now been back at work for just over a year and said she feels fantastic.

“I just wanted to raise the money, to give back for what they have done for me, they have saved my life” said Tracey.

Mr Deshpande said; “It’s brilliant the way Tracey has dealt with her experience and has turned it into a positive for our other patients. The money she has raised is going to help our future patients. I am grateful to Tracey on behalf of the Breast Unit and our patients for her valuable contribution”.

With the incredible amount of money raised Tracey was able to contribute towards the purchase of equipment for the Theatres at Wigan Royal Edward Infirmary and the Christie Cancer Care Centre at Wigan. This included two digital cameras, which allows surgeons to take pictures of patients straight away, instead of them waiting a couple of weeks, and a pair of loupe magnifying glasses, costing £1,800, to assist surgeons when carrying out treatment needing intricate work during some forms of reconstructive breast surgery.


Mr Deshpande and Pat Leigh accepting Tracey's donation on behalf of Theatres.

Janet Pennington, Fundraising Manager for Three Wishes said; “We are so grateful for the funds Tracey has raised with her incredible fundraising efforts.

“Her donations to the Three Wishes Cancer Care Fund will make a huge difference to supporting local people who receive treatment at our centre.”