Three years ago, Cath Haynes was told she had only months to live after a rare cancer of the uterus was diagnosed. Instead of giving up hope, she telephoned every hospital in England to find one that would treat her and discovered that the Royal Marsden
Three years ago, Cath Haynes was told she had only months to live after a rare cancer of the uterus was diagnosed. Instead of giving up hope, she telephoned every hospital in England to find one that would treat her and discovered that the Royal Marsden was doing chemotherapy trials focused on the type of cancer she had. When doctors agreed to treat her, she started out on a road that led to a full recovery after not only chemotherapy but an operation followed by radiotherapy.Now Cath, from Stoke Rivers, is saying thank-you to the hospital by hosting a big fund-raising event at Bratton Fleming Sports Club on Saturday, August 9 (see also story above on Cath's pal actress Jenny Agutter). Said Cath: "Without the Royal Marsden doctors, I wouldn't be here now. Anything anyone can do to help means everything to someone suffering from cancer. You never know when you are going to need a place like the Royal Marsden."Earlier this year the London hospital, which specialises in cancer cases, was devastated by fire."I had an appointment ten days later and, although the hospital smelled burnt and some walls looked singed, it was up and running, business as usual. The staff were as cheery and welcoming as ever, even though half of them were running between hospitals looking after patients who had been moved," said Cath.The event at the Sports Club from 7.30pm, features an auction. Items up for grabs include a Greek holiday and dinner, bed and breakfast at the Sloane Square Hotel in London. Live music will include Cath singing in her rock band and also singing harmonies with two of her friends. There will also be a raffle and a barbecue. Cath, helped by family and friends, has already raised £6,200 for the Royal Marsden by holding similar events in the past two years.Anyone who'd like to donate items to auction, or make a donation, or go and enjoy themselves at The Even Bigger Event, should contact either Cath on (01598) 710936 or Stephanie on (01598) 710550.My best friend Jenny: ACTRESS Jenny Agutter first came to the public notice in the role of Bobby in the BBC series of The Railway Children in the late 1960s. Since then she has won acclaim for her successful career in films, theatre and TV: recent appearances have been as Tessa in Spooks and opposite John Hurt in The Alan Clark Diaries.This year she will be making her third personal appearance at Bratton Fleming - to help her long-time friend Cath Haynes raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital.Cath and Jenny met when both were nine years old and pupils of the Elmhurst Ballet School in Surrey. They have been best buddies ever since and Jenny visited Cath when she was in the hospital: "Even while she was filming Poirot she came every day, sometimes still in make-up, even if she could manage only five minutes," said Cath. "That's what friends are for."Jenny will take successful bidders names at the auction and chatting to all.