Hempstalls Hall Support Opening of New Cancer Research Superstore
On 8th June, Berni, Well-being and Activities Co-ordinator at Hempstalls Hall Care Home in Newcastle-under-Lyme proudly opened a new Cancer Research UK superstore in the town. Berni was approached by the team to be a guest of honour and cut the ribbon after her own experience surviving a rare form of cancer.
Berni’s cancer journey began in 2011 when she discovered a lump on her neck. She was referred to the Stoke Hospital and diagnosed with Carcinoma of Unknown Primary (CUP). Secondary cancer cells were found in the lymph nodes on Berni’s neck, but the primary cells were never found. She underwent a radial neck dissection to remove the cancerous lymph nodes, followed by chemotherapy and 33 sessions of targeted radiotherapy. Berni was declared cancer-free in July 2012 and has a follow-up appointment each year.
Residents Betty, Shirley and Peter were delighted to join Berni and her family to open the new store, as crowds gathered to watch. Town crier, Bill Lomas, was also in attendance on the day. Berni explained, “Being asked to cut the ribbon and open the first Cancer Research UK superstore in Staffordshire is so exciting. I never thought I’d be asked to open a shop.”