Craft day for Myeloma UK

sp93963 Pentrich Charity Fair. Hazel Castledine (left) and Ann Hunter.

sp93963 Pentrich Charity Fair. Hazel Castledine (left) and Ann Hunter.

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A DAY of arts and crafts stalls in Pentrich raised £650 for Myeloma UK. Hazel Castledine, from Fritchley, organised the event at the village hall which gathered together stalls

bearing silver jewellery, pickles and hand-made crafts, as well as a tombola.

She said: “We wanted to raise awareness about myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, because my husband Andrew was diagnosed with it in February 2010.

“We also wanted to raise awareness about the Anthony Nolan Trust which encourages people to join the bone marrow register.”

Andrew lost his sight last year and underwent a severe course of chemotherapy before being treated with his own stem cells. His kidneys were affected but he has been off dialysis since January.

Celebrating his 60th birthday on Monday, he said: “In order to treat these types of cancer the optimum treatment is a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. They can’t cure the cancer but they can manage it.”