When 29-year-old mum Sam Towlson -- daughter of a Sutton woman -- was diagnosed with cancer during her first pregnancy scan, she feared the worst.
Her baby, Jasmine, was born by c-section, prematurely at 29 weeks and weighing less than 3lbs. And she had to spend three heartbreaking months in intensive care.
As if that was not enough, Sam herself had to undergo a problematic programme of chemotherapy as part of a year-long plan of treatment.
But then came the news that Sam, her fiance Jack Masters and her mum June could only dream of. Jasmine was allowed to go home, while Sam was given the all-clear.
Now the family have paid tribute to the wonderful support and care they received from Nottingham City Hospital during their traumatic time. And as a thankyou, the Idlewells Shopping Centre in Sutton, where June works as a security guard, has pledged £500 of its latest community fund donation to the hospital’s Lymphoma Trust Fund.
“It’s been an extremely tough year,” said a proud June. “Sam was so strong and determined, which gave me great strength.
“Jack was fantastic too, juggling the house and his business, as well as looking after Sam and his new baby girl. We also had a lot of support from family and friends and my colleagues at Idlewells. I’d like to thank them all.”
Said Sam: “I’m delighted that Idlewells will be donating £500 to the staff who helped me so much at a difficult time. Special thanks to nurse Faith Richardson and her team who were always there and treated myself and Jasmine like royalty!”
Sam’s workplace, the Nags Head pub in Woodborough, Nottingham, is also raising money for the neo-natal unit that took care of Jasmine, aiming for a grand total of £20,000. “It feels great to be able to give something back to the teams that were so amazing for myself and Jasmine,” added Sam.