Harrogate author Jackie Buxton has presented cheques of £860.32 each to Breast Cancer Haven and Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre from the sales of her book: Tea & Chemo; Fighting Cancer, Living Life (Urbane Publications).
At the age of 45, wife and mother Buxton was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment Buxton began to write down her thoughts and feelings, soon developing them into a blog. She received an "overwhelmingly positive response" from the many followers who could relate to what she was writing.
Buxton realised that everything she wanted to say was too much to communicate through her blog alone and encouraged that her words could help other people in the same situation, she set about writing Tea & Chemo; Fighting Cancer, Living Life.
Matthew Smith, m.d. of publisher Urbane Publications, was "equally determined" from the outset that all profit would go to charity and supported Buxton's wish to donate to Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire and the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, Harrogate.
Buxton was treated at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust’s Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre. She wanted to give something back to the people who supported her so well, donating all proceeds to worthy causes.
Buxton said: “The team of staff at the centre were responsible for turning the emotionally and physically difficult experience of having chemo into something almost pleasant – honestly. I never felt as secure and cared for as when I was attending the centre every three weeks.”
“I wanted some of the proceeds of Tea and Chemo to go to the department to show my gratitude to all the staff and volunteers as well as to attempt to do something small for all cancer sufferers and their loved ones.”
Breast Cancer Haven manager Debra Horsman said: “We are so pleased for Jackie that her book has been such a success and that her words will continue to help people going through a similar situation.”
Breast Cancer Haven provides free emotional, physical and practical support to anyone affected by breast cancer, from its centres across the country. The programme includes counselling, complementary therapies and information to meet the physical and emotional needs of people affected by breast cancer before, during and after treatment.
Buxton has recently released her second book, Glass Houses, also published by Urbane Publications, a novel about a text sent whilst driving and its "enormous" ramifications.