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Cullingworth local Louise Helstrip raises over £1250 for Airedale HODU unit

By 3 December 2021No Comments
Louise and Emma donating the money they raised to Airedale HODU unit

Louise Helstrip and Emma Hopla raised an incredible £2,500 for Airedale Hospital’s Haematology and Oncology Day Unit (HODU) and cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow by hosting a charity fundraising evening at the Marquis of Granby pub in Riddlesden. The evening involved live music, karaoke and a raffle.

Louise, from Cullingworth, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has been attending both Airedale HODU and the Hope for Tomorrow mobile cancer care unit for treatment.


Louise says:

“The staff on HODU have been unbelievable. They genuinely care about all of their patients; they explain everything clearly and have an amazing attention to detail.”

“They really helped me throughout my journey and made it more manageable.”


The HODU Unit at Airedale Hospital is where patients with cancer and other blood diseases are treated with chemotherapy.

Hope for Tomorrow is a charity that provides mobile cancer care units which visit communities to provide accessible clinics and cancer treatments including chemotherapy.

Half of the funds raised will go towards Airedale Hospital and Community Charity’s HODU fund.


Nicola Denbow, matron at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, says:

“The funds raised will go towards the refurbishment of our HODU lounge, which is where patients receive treatment. We really want to improve the facilities for patients and make HODU as comfortable an environment as possible.”

Tina Seymour, CEO of charity Hope for Tomorrow, says:

“Hope for Tomorrow are committed to driving cancer care forwards, we receive no statutory funding to run and maintain our mobile cancer care units and rely entirely on fundraising and donations.

“The money raised will help us to enable cancer patients to receive their treatment in close proximity to their homes or other commitments, and allow them to spend more time focussing on the things that are important to them.”


Photographed L-R: Melissa Buddo (staff nurse), Audrey Hines (clinical nurse specialist in oncology), Nicoleta Ghindea (staff nurse), Louise Helstrip, Emma Hopla, Rama Vara (staff nurse), Suzanne McGlinchey (staff nurse)