Tricia Penrose and her mum launch The Christie charity weekly lottery

Press release posted 28 April 2015

Former Heartbeat actress Tricia Penrose and her mum have launched The Christie charity weekly lottery.

The Christie holds a special place in both Tricia and her mum, Sue Gordon's heart, after Sue was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and began treatment here. Almost five years on and after taking chemotherapy drug pemetrexed, Sue has astonished doctors by responding so well.

Tricia, aged 45 years old, who lives with her husband Mark, and her sons, Jake and Freddie in Adlington in Cheshire said: "It was horrible when we got the news about my mum. At best, people with stage three lung cancer are lucky to live for a year. I didn't know what to do, I was so worried.

"Without The Christie and the amazing care they offered my mum she wouldn't be here today. The money raised through the lottery will help fund research that will make sure other mums and daughters get to spend precious extra time together."

Every day for six and a half weeks, Tricia took Sue to The Christie for treatment. Standard treatment is 33 sessions of radiotherapy and two rounds - which is 12 days - of chemotherapy. The radiotherapy Sue underwent was cutting edge. Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy, which is now standard at The Christie, allows the strength of the radiation to be adjusted. A higher dose can be delivered to the tumour but not to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Sue, aged 61 years old, said: "I'll be celebrating five years of being cancer free this July thanks to The Christie. That is five years I've enjoyed spending with my daughter, her husband and my wonderful grandchildren. I want to encourage everyone to play The Christie lottery. By supporting this wonderful charity you can help get us another step closer to fighting this disease."

The Christie charity weekly lottery is a great new way to help cancer patients in the North West. Every £1 line played helps fund The Christie's life-changing work - and gives players the chance to win cash prizes up to a whopping £25,000! When players buy a £1 line, 50p goes directly towards giving local people the very best cancer treatment and care. The money we raise through the weekly lottery also funds research projects and clinical trials of new, potentially life-saving cancer drugs.

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are in line with the Trust's overall plans and strategy. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who raised a record breaking £14.8m last year.

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