Wigan Warriors hand out chocolate delights at Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston

A Wigan rugby team has helped cheer cancer patients in Preston.

Monday, 22nd January 2018, 1:41 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd January 2018, 2:45 pm
Wigan Warriors youth players, from the left, Joe Brown, Nathan Reidy, Sam Grant and Declan ODonnell are greeted by Rosemere Cancer Centre Ribblesdale Ward's Rebecca Biltcliffe, Dr Alison Birtle and lead chemotherapy nurse Joanne Wilkinson on their mission to cheer patients on behalf of Helen Duchamp and dad Mick Brakewell

For previous stories click here /warriors-bring-some-christmas-joy-1-8916670 and /a-brother-s-cycling-tribute-1-8049140Mick Brakewell, of Bamber Bridge, and his daughter Helen Duchamp, who lives in Grenoble, France, arranged for players from Wigan Warriors rugby league club to visit patients at Rosemere Cancer Centre, in Preston, to hand out gifts.

The treats included chocolates donated by Preston chocolatiers Beech’s, and pastry treats and cupcakes supplied by Glover’s Bakery, of Bamber Bridge, Preston’s Greenhalgh’s, and Finch Bakery, of Great Harwood.

There were also goodies gifted by Morrisons, of Leyland and Bamber Bridge, Sainsbury’s Preston and Booths and Boots stores in Preston and Chorley, while the entrance to Ribblesdale Ward at the centre was decorated with a cheery helium balloon arrangement donated by Lisa’s Den of Cards, Rishton.

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Mick and Helen put on the party in memory of beloved wife and mum Jill Brakewell, who was nursed on the ward as she battled leukaemia.

Jill died in November 2015, aged just 64.

Helen said: “When you enter the Ribblesdale Ward as a patient or patient’s family member or friend, you join together with its staff to become part of a family.”

This is not Helen and Mick’s first gesture.

Last spring they arranged for the ward to receive chocolate Easter treats.

Mick, Helen and her brothers Roger and David also raised more than £6,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation through a music and laughter night in tribute to Jill at Bamber Bridge Catholic Club, of which Mick is a past president.

Her uncle John Wright, Jill’s brother, then raised more than £1,500 through a charity cycle, while other family members took on fund-raising challenges.

For further information on Rosemere Cancer Foundation and ways to support its work, visit http://www.rosemere.org.uk