A breast cancer survivor who had to undergo a double mastectomy is hosting a Christmas fair and coffee morning to raise money for the hospital ward which cared for her.
Lola Suiter, of Newthorpe Common, was found to have breast cancer during a routine mammogram in 2011 but fortunately it was caught early enough that she did not need radio or chemotherapy.
Lola, a retired enquiry clerk for the police, had surgery to remove both breasts and she will be on hormone tablets for five years before she can be given the all-clear.
The 64-year-old said the care she received at Nottingham City Hospital was excellent and she wanted to raise money for the Gillies cancer ward to say thank you.
She said: “When I found out I had cancer the whole world dropped through the floor and I thought I was going to die.
“But the breast cancer nurses were really lovely and kind - there was always someone to talk to and to put your mind at rest.
“I was actually very lucky - they caught it in time and so I got off quite lightly.”
Once she had recovered, Lola decided to hold a fundraising event to give something back to the hospital.
She added: “I have friends who have died from it so I had to do something - whether the money helps towards research or care on the ward.”
The Christmas fair and coffee morning will take place on November 23 at Greasley Parish Hall and will run from 10.30am until 1.30pm.
The fair will include festive stalls selling books, cakes and crafts, and there will be a raffle and a tombola. Parking will be free on the day.