A BREAST cancer sufferer has begun to raise money for charity – just three weeks after life-changing surgery.
Lorraine Firth, 51, helped host a pool tournament in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Surgeons were forced to remove one of her breasts last month after discovering she had cancer in February.
Lorraine said she was one of the lucky ones after her GP spotted the cancer during a normal check up.
She said: “It’s all happened very quickly.
“From finding out I had cancer to having the operation was just four weeks.
“I only went in to the doctors for a chest infection.
“I had a shooting pain under my arm.”
The mum of four from Dalton now faces six months of chemotherapy and a further six months of radiotherapy.
But she said friends in the Leeds Road boozer, The Peacock, had rallied round to organise the tournament.
She said: “All the people in the pub were devastated, because one of our other regulars has also got cancer that’s terminal, so we wanted to do something for cancer research.
“I’m probably going to be okay but without cancer research we wouldn’t have these cures.
“Hopefully this time next year I will have reconstructive surgery and be back to normal.
“There’s very much hope for me and my friends and family have seen me through it all.
“But for some there isn’t hope so we wanted to do something for this charity.”
The pool tournament was organised by Lorraine and pool player Richard Wagler.
They hope to have raised hundreds of pounds from the event.