A nurse who had to give up her passion for helping others after being diagnosed with breast cancer has raised £6,000 for the hospital staff who put her on the road to recovery.

After twelve months of gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, mum-of-two Alison Lewis, from Clocaenog near Ruthin, has presented staff at Glan Clwyd Hospital’s Cancer Unit with the cheque.

Mrs Lewis said:“The staff that looked after me on the Cancer Unit were absolutely amazing. I became quite close to them over the course of my treatment and it was really reassuring to know that they were so caring and willing to go the extra mile.

“It was important to me to give something back to the Cancer Unit, as I have seen for myself the impact that donations can have. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the evening.”

The diagnosis meant Mrs Lewis, 48, had to take a year away from her job as a nurse with the Tîm Dyffryn Clwyd Community Mental Health Team, after her diagnosis in September last year which she has since returned to.

The money was raised through a fundraising evening at the Cae Cymro in Clawddnewydd which featured entertainment from local comedian John Sellers, Denbigh based rock band Luke, and an auction of promises and raffle.

The £6000 will go towards funding new equipment and furnishings for the cancer centre, as well as a new digital patient information display board which will enable cancer centre staff to order and administer medication more quickly.