On the oche! Darts lover Mark donates £6,000 to oncology unit that saved his life

Mark Cross (centre) presents a cheque for £6,000 to the Oncology department at Peterborough City Hos

Mark Cross (centre) presents a cheque for £6,000 to the Oncology department at Peterborough City Hospital. - Credit: Archant

A darts-loving man from March has donated £6,000 worth of funds raised from the latest instalment of his annual charity fun days to the unit at Peterborough City hospital that saved his life.

Mark Cross was treated for breast cancer at the hospital’s oncology unit in 2009, and decided to repay its staff for their support by organising a series of darts charity fun days in March, beginning in 2010.

The charity days have proved to be a huge success, with their prize draws, which have included signed sports memorabilia, attracting hundreds of people from around Fenland.

Mark presented a cheque for £6,000 to consultant oncologist, Dr Karen McAdam, meaning he has now raised an huge total of £36,329.

Mark said: “It was during my chemotherapy that I witnessed first-hand the incredible job that all who work in the oncology department do.

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“They work with compassion, care and were always there for me to offer advice and listen to all of my concerns. There is no doubt that the care and treatment I have received saved my life. Having completed my treatment, I felt I had to do something to say thank you.”

“A very supportive group of friends makes the running of the event so successful. Even my Nan has run a tombola stall for the past three years, and she turns 92 very soon! The event is superbly supported with 108 dart players playing in the competitions this year and many more attending to support the event.”

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Dr Karen McAdam said: “Mark and his entire family have been absolutely amazing in their enthusiasm and dedication to raise money for local cancer research. We owe each of them a big debt of gratitude.”

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