Cancer survivor bounces back with world record bid

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A Hadleigh woman is urging people to take part in a world record attempt for the largest number of fairies gathered in one place.

Judy Sykes, 57, wants people to dress up as fairies next month to raise money for the hospital where she had treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Money raised will go to the charity Woolverstone Wish towards refurbishing the chemotherapy outpatient clinic at Ipswich Hospital. The charity has raised more than £400,000 and has a goal of £800,000.

She said: “It is a great cause so I’m urging everyone to dress up as a fairy and be a bit silly for just one day.”

The world record attempt takes place at Ipswich Cornhill Market on June 23. The record for the largest gathering of fairies stands at 786 and took place in Stamford in August.

Judy is a secretary with a firm of solicitors in Ipswich. Her company has raised £5,000 towards Woolverstone Wish to support her, and colleague Sharon Wragg suggested the world record fairy attempt as a fundraiser.

Judy, who has been given the all clear, took 10 months off work to undergo intensive chemotherapy. “The staff at the day unit at Woolverstone were amazing, but falling over themselves because of the lack of space. The treatment room in the day unit is very small, leaving the patient with little privacy.

“I am so thankful to have survived and be here today. I now want to help other cancer patients and make their treatment as smooth as possible, in better surroundings,” she added.

For more information about taking part, call Sharon Wragg on 01473 407114.