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Rosemere’s Julie packs it in to help NHS heroes

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s South Cumbria fundraising co-ordinator, joined a socially distanced assembly line to help pack 32,000 donated items into 4,000 welfare packs for local NHS frontline staff.

Among the goodies were toiletries such as hand creams to help treat sore hands from the constant user of sanitiser and moisturisers to soothe facial pressure sores and chapped skin behind the ears from wearing protective face and eyes masks. There were also socks and snacks gifted by Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s coffee shop.

Julie said: “My usual focus is working to help local cancer patients but I was asked to help support the NHS heroes working at the frontline within local hospitals by joining a team of charity colleagues building welfare packs for them with items donated by a number of businesses and individuals.

“Given the sacrifices those at the frontline are making during this unprecedented health crisis, it was a privilege to be part of the assembly line.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including those at Westmorland and Furness General Hospitals.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford. For further information on its work, including how to make a donation, visit

A virtual quiz with a cash first prize in which 111 Rosemere Cancer Foundation supporters took part online raised £210.60 for the charity. Another fundraising quiz will be held at 8 pm on Friday, 1st May. To sign up, go to

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