Burgess Hill mum raises £5,000 to help others after losing dad to cancer

A Burgess Hill mum who lost her dad to cancer has raised £5,000 to help others fight the disease.

Ellen Burgess, 32, of Chapel Close, has been selling unwanted items to raise money for the Sussex Cancer Fund, which works with the NHS to create new and improved facilities for hospitals in Sussex.

Ellen Burgess (left) with family and friends at the Cricketers pub in Burgess Hill on August 25

Ellen Burgess (left) with family and friends at the Cricketers pub in Burgess Hill on August 25

She also put on a family fun day at the Cricketers pub in West Street, Burgess Hill, on Saturday, August 25, which raised nearly £800.

She said: “Saturday was a great success and we raised nearly £800. We had a bouncy castle, tombola, sponge throwing, barbeque, a live singer, face painting, hair braiding, hook the duck, table top sales and a raffle.

“We also had an auction in the evening. It was all in memory of my late father Chris Burgess, raising money for the Sussex Cancer Fund.

“To date, in the last year and a couple of months, I have raised £5,000, just by selling on any unwanted items people donate to me.

“I’d like to thank Simon Hancock for letting me hold the event in the Cricketers pub, Sharon the land lady that was amazing, Tobias for singing, and my family and friends that helped on the day, especially Valerie Saunders who is one of my biggest donators.”

Ellen’s dad, Chris Burgess tragically lost his battle to lung cancer in 2009 at aged 51.

He lost his voice and had a really bad cough and after tests he was given the harrowing diagnosis.

Mum-of-one Ellen, a full-time cleaner, said when he died she promised the cancer ward staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton she would raise money for the ward.

Some of the items Ellen has managed to buy for the cancer ward include a chemo chair, two chemo stools and five heat pads, which were items on the hospital’s wish list.

If people have any unwanted items they would like to donate to Ellen, please email ellenburgess37@gmail.com.

The Sussex Cancer Fund was established in 1981 to work with the NHS to create new and improved facilities providing the best possible cancer care for Sussex.

Julia Lenton, fund manager, said: “The Sussex Cancer Fund is very grateful to Ellen for all her hard work fundraising for our patients in Sussex, Ellen has been a prolific fundraiser for the Sussex Cancer Fund since May 2017, and in that time has raised over £5000 which has enabled us to purchase vital equipment for the Sussex Cancer Centre. Thank you Ellen for your continued support.”

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