Anne's in the swim for Ladies

by Nigel Baudains ALTHOUGH she is being treated for breast cancer, Anne Woodington was determined to take part in the Bill Green Memorial Castle Swim.

Mrs Woodington, 52, was diagnosed with the disease at the start of July and underwent an operation three weeks later. She took part in the swim to raise money for the Pink Ladies charity.

'I went for a routine mammogra-phy examination thinking I was fit and healthy and then I was called back to say there was something they were not happy with,' she said.

Mrs Woodington said she was indebted to surgeon Roger Allsopp and his medical team and all her supporters.

While not wanting to detract from the fact that the Castle Swim's beneficiary was the You Can Dp It Foundation, she has so far raised £500 for the Pink Ladies breast cancer support group.

'Although I'm getting something out because of the way people are supporting me, I'd like to put something back in as well.'

Mrs Woodington is determined not to let the treatment get her down and intends to carry on doing what she likes whenever she can.

Prior to swimming from La Vallette to Castle Cornet, she rested during the day to conserve energy. Friend Paddy Whitford and daughter Sarah accompanied her on the swim.

' I'm so grateful to those who have given messages of support and encouragement at such a traumatic time. A potentially life-threatening problem was not something I was prepared for.

'In Guernsey, the overall survival rate is really good but, of course, you never know and it's something youhave to live with.'

Mrs Woodington, who is deputy registrar at The Greffe, was diagnosed with the illness on her grandchild's first birthday.

All patients are treated uniquely depending on the type of tumour found and while some may need chemotherapy before radiation treatment, others will not.

'Breast cancer can take many forms and I'm unlucky in the sense that I need the chemotherapy.'

On 14 August, Mrs Woodington began chemotherapy, which will last for six months.

'Everybody who has had chemotherapy will know it's no picnic. You can have unpleasant symptoms that will vary between individuals.'

For the three or four days after her first two treatments, Mrs Woodington said she felt sick and tired.

But she loves swimming in the sea so returned to the water as soon as possible. The salt water has helped the operation scar heal and the exercise has been beneficial to the arm problems to which people who have undergone such an operation are susceptible.

Last year, she completed the Castle Swim in both directions. People wishing to make a donation can send a cheque, made out to The Pink Ladies, to Mrs E. Bishop, Les Champs, Beau Repaire, Rue a 1'Or, St Peter Port, GY1 1QG. Donations of cheques or cash can also be made at three Town shops -Amour, Creasey's and Fletcher Sports.

(Reproduced courtesy Guernsey Press and Star)

Article dated 29 August 2003

£200 Idea Raised More Than £1,000  For Pinks

by Nigel Baudains

A BREAST cancer sufferer who took part in the Castle Swim to raise money for charity has been overwhelmed by the response.

Anne Woodington, 52, collected £1,055 for the Pink Ladies breast cancer charity.

'When I was lying in my hospital bed, I thought it was a good idea and that even if I could raise £200, it would help,' she said. 'But then it was £500 and it just seemed to keep going up.'

Mrs Woodington was diagnosed with the disease in early July and underwent an operation three weeks later. The Bill Green Memorial Swim - from La Vallette to Castel Cornet -took place on 27 August.

Money was donated by a number of sources, including past and present work colleagues of Mrs Woodington, friends and even anonymous sources. Her daughters also helped raise money.

'I'd like to thank not only those who know me for their donations and continuing support but especially those who don't,' she said. 'They have all helped me raise a considerable amount of money for a good cause,' she said.

As a new member of the Pink Ladies, Mrs Woodington said the group was a great asset to breast cancer sufferers.

She is now considering further fund-raising but is still deciding what form this might take.

Donations  can still  be made by sending cheques made out to The Pink Ladies to: Mrs E. Bishop, Les Champs, Beau Repaire, Rue a 1'Or, St Peter Port, GY1 1QG. Donations can also be made at three Town shops - Amour, Creasey's and Fletcher Sports.

(Reproduced courtesy Guernsey Press and Star)

Article dated 01 November 2003



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