As she bravely fights cancer mother of three Amanda Rogers has said an emotional thank you to people from all walks of life for ensuring she receives vital specialist treatment, writes John Adey.
Amanda (41) lives on the Dolwerdd estate in Penparc with husband Cliff and children Luke (17), 14-year-old Ben and Chloe (11).
More than four years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer and although it appeared she was making progress the disease returned. She was told she needed specialist chemotherapy treatment costing £18,000, which is not funded by the National Assembly.
After an article in the Tivy-Side highlighting Amanda’s plight there was a massive response with countless people organising fund-raising events.
Donations have been received from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, Amanda’s sister Melanie and colleagues at the London bank where she works organised events and others from all parts of south Ceredigion north Carmarthenshire and north Pembrokeshire have also raised money.
Amazingly the required funding was in place in less than three months, enabling Amanda to start treatment at the Prince Phillip Hospital in Llanelli.
Finding difficulty putting into words her gratitude to so many people Amanda said: “I feel very humble.”
Making special mention of local builder and rugby coach Ty Burton she said: “He has been absolutely fantastic.
“On behalf of myself and my family I would also like to say a big thank you to the Cardigan Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber committee, Cardigan Cancer Care, Barclays Bank and everyone else, some of whom I don’t even know, who have contributed.”
Referring to her treatment she said: “I am coping and in positive mood. The staff at Prince Phillip Hospital have been great.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart."
Money for the appeal has been paid into registered charity Cardigan Cancer Care and organisers are winding up the fund this week in compliance with rules of the Charity Commission.
Secretary of the cancer charity Judy Cramp said: “People in Cardigan and further afield have shown tremendous community spirit in rallying round to ensure money was available for Amanda to be given the necessary treatment.
“Despite the recessionary climate it has been quite staggering that once again so many people have come together to support a worthy cause .”