Corby cancer patient inspired by dad

Louisa and Joe Cummings
Louisa and Joe Cummings

Mum-of-three Louise Cummings, who has terminal cancer, is holding a fundraising event to thank the hospices which cared for her dad.

Mrs Cummings, of Garston Road, Corby, has organised a fun day and barbecue at Cransley Sailing Club, Thorpe Malsor, on Saturday.

Michael Roddy

Michael Roddy

Proceeds from the event will go to Lakelands Hospice in Corby and Cransley Hospice, Kettering, and to the club.

Louise, 47, a community psychiatric nurse, is being supported by her husband Joe, a nurse in the intensive care unit at Kettering General Hospital, and their three children, Hannah, 21, Dominic, 18, and Joseph, 16.

On Wednesday, July 31, the family said goodbye to Louise’s dad Michael Roddy, at a funeral service at Kettering Crematorium.

The retired policeman, who died of cancer, had just weeks to live when his daughter was also diagnosed with the disease.

Louise said: “Like dad, I won’t be snatched away from my family without warning and I can be open and honest with the kids.

“I had never been ill and when I began to feel unwell, I thought it was gallstones.

“A CT scan showed I had advanced pancreatic cancer, which has spread to my lungs and lymph nodes.

“I wanted to do something for Lakelands and Cransley hospices where my dad had care and support.

“They do so much for patients and their families.”

Louise also praised the care she has had from specialist nurse Monica Palmer, the family’s GP Colin Graham and Macmillan nurse Sue Platt, who also looked after her dad.

The fun day, from midday until 5pm, will include children’s games, boat trips, a barbecue, real ales and cream teas.

There is no admission charge but visitors can make a donation to the hospices.

Heart swap policeman’s extra life

Former policeman Michael Roddy enjoyed 19 years of life after a successful heart transplant operation.

Mr Roddy, of Oakley Vale, Corby, who had the life-saving surgery in 1994, died on July 21 from cancer, aged 69.

His daughter Louise Cummings, of Corby, said: “Dad was diagnosed 18 months ago.

“He was a proud, dignified man, who was also quite shy.

“He received the heart of a woman, which gave him 19 extra years of life, enabling him to see his grandchildren grow up.”

Mr Roddy served as a policeman in Northampton, retiring in 1997.

In January 1979, along with a council worker, he rescued a pensioner from the freezing River Nene and later that year received a Royal Humane Society Award.

The funeral was held at Kettering Crematorium and donations in Mr Roddy’s memory will go to Papworth Hospital’s transplant care unit.