Ladies were invited to “think pink” for a deserving cause at the first in a series of charity lunches in Huddersfield.
The event was held at Eric’s in Lindley in aid of Campbell’s Reach, a new cancer carers’ support group for South and West Yorkshire based at Willow Lodge in Hoylandswaine, near Penistone.
The theme of the lunch was Ladies in Pink. Guests enjoyed a two-course meal and welcome drink before listening to guest speaker Sue Salmon, a medical herbalist who works with oncology units in Huddersfield and Barnsley as well as in her own private clinics.
The charity was set up in memory of eminent gynaecologist and consultant obstetrician James Campbell, who was based at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for many years. Dr Campbell worked right up to the last weeks of his life following a long and courageous battle with illness. He passed away in 2007.
The group aims to support and guide carers and their families who are living with cancer to give them relief and space so they can safeguard their own health and well-being.
The charity is backed by occupational health care specialist Prohms, based in Huddersfield, whose chief executive Sandra Babbings performed the official launch at the event.
She said: “James Campbell was such a special person to so many people and an inspiration to anyone who had the pleasure to meet and work alongside him. He was a hard-working doctor who loved his profession. He was fun to be with and always made his patients feel they were special.
“A typical Scot, he was brave and stoic and never complained about his inner struggles with this awful disease. He left his wife and four children with so many happy memories to cherish and remember.
“And he left countless families and patients without his care, and hundreds of nurses and doctors without his specialist knowledge and support.
“It has brought home to me that life is so very short. Like thousands of other doctors and nurses we are always so extremely busy looking after others that we rarely have time for ourselves and we often neglect our own personal family life.
“I feel that by launching Campbell’s Reach we can make our wonderful careers last forever. What an amazing legacy to leave!”
Sandra said: “Willow Lodge is an amazing place of peace which I want to share with all the people I have met along the road of my life - the carers, nurses, doctors, home carers and relatives caring for their loved ones. Carers supporting carers along the road of life together.”
Dr Campbell’s widow Patricia said: “I was very touched when my good friend Sandra Babbings asked me if she could name this new charity Campbell’s Reach in memory of my husband. My family and I are very honoured and proud to support this much needed charity.”
Two more events are already being planned – on April 25 at Bagden Hall, Scissett, and on May 16 at The Spiced Pear, Hepworth.
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