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Helen has been a Postwoman from Darlington Delivery Office for 11 years and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in November 2017 and started an immediate treatment plan. She attended daily sessions of radiotherapy for 15 days at a time, which only finished at the end of October 18. She still had to attend the hospital every three weeks for an injection and takes Tamoxifen daily and pain killers to help with rheumatoid arthritis, which she cannot take whilst on medication for cancer.
During this time her partner, Kevin was made redundant and accepted a job at a lower salary to support the family. Also, her eldest daughter Rachel moved back home to support Helen, Kevin and her 14-year-old sister Jorja during Helen’s treatment.
The diagnosis came as a shock to the whole family and whilst Helen was off work they accrued some debt, using their family savings to cover the essentials, for example food, utilities and used their credit card for petrol and hospital travelling expenses.
The Fund were delighted to help with £2,134 support towards mortgage payments.
Helen is now back at work on a part-time basis while she recovers.