Andrew Bigley ball boost for hospital

Andrew Bigley, who lost his battle with cancer in 2011

Andrew Bigley, who lost his battle with cancer in 2011

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A donation of £27,000 is to be made to the oncology centre at Northampton General Hospital by organisers of the Andrew Bigley Charity Christmas Ball.

The funds, which will be used to completely refurbish the chemotherapy suite, have been raised thanks to the efforts of the family and friends of Andrew Bigley, a 48-year-old Wellingborough father-of-two who died after a battle with cancer in 2011.

A hospital spokesman said: First diagnosed with colorectal cancer in September 2008, Andrew underwent gruelling treatment but resolved both to help raise awareness of cancer symptoms and to raise funds for NGH and the Oxford hospitals where he was also treated.

“While in remission in 2010 he handed over a cheque for £15,000 to the NGH oncology centre, raised by the organisation of a first charity ball together with an auction, raffle, and donations from individuals and companies.

“Sadly the disease returned, but Andrew, a managing director of a national company and a former Wellingborough councillor, was determined to continue helping the hospital treat other people in similar situations.

“His family and friends organised the second Andrew Bigley Charity Ball at Hanger One, Sywell, last December to celebrate what would have been Andrew’s 50th birthday. Five hundred people attended, and the entire proceeds from the event are being donated to the hospital this week.

“Plans are being made to extend the chemotherapy treatment area to make it more spacious and private for patients, and the refurbishment will include new flooring, the creation of pods, new sinks, tables and large windows and doors similar to those provided in the haematology suite opened last year.”