12-month cancer battle leads to charity night for Teenage Cancer Trust

PUBLISHED: 10:55 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:31 07 October 2015

Jodie after finishing treatment.

Jodie after finishing treatment.

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A WOMAN from Weston-super-Mare who has just been given the all clear after 12 months of cancer treatment is organising an event to give back to The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Jodie Hill.Jodie Hill.

Jodie Hill, aged 23, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on April 23 last year and had eight months of chemotherapy followed by three weeks of radiotherapy before getting the all-clear on April 22 this year.

Jodie was helped by the Teenage Cancer Trust during her treatment, having chemotherapy at its ward dedicated to young people at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Jodie, of Milton Road, said: “I felt quite isolated because it was all older people in Weston. They all said ‘you shouldn’t be here’, but I had no choice.

“My mum found out about the Teenage Cancer Trust online and they said I could go to their unit.

Jodie with the first wig she had during her treatment.Jodie with the first wig she had during her treatment.

“A lot of people don’t realise it covers Weston, but it goes all the way down to Plymouth.

“They have an X Box, pool table, chemo pods. It is just so much nicer to be around people your own age.”

The charity provided counselling for Jodie and her family and put her in touch with the Make A Wish Foundation, who organised a spa day for Jodie, and The Princess Trust, who bought her a wig.

Jodie said: “The charity was there for my family, too. It’s not just for people that have cancer, it is for their families too.”

Jodie was studying biomedicine at the University of the West of England when she was diagnosed, but has left the course to recover.

She said: “They did a lot of counselling where I would be able to talk about how I was feeling.

“There was a lot of talk about uni and what I should do next. It was hard to talk about, my parents wanted me at home, but I wanted to give it a go.”

Jodie has organised an evening of music on Weston’s Grand Pier in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

The event will take place on November 6 and there will be music from Eastertown, The Orphans, Cliff Moore and Friends and The Jury. There will also be a raffle, drinks and more.

Tickets, priced £15, are available from the pier’s gift shop or online via www.grandpier.co.uk

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