HCT goes pink to raise thousands for cancer research in memory of Carmel

Posted: July 31 2019

HCT goes pink to raise thousands for cancer research in memory of Carmel

Carmel was a much-loved colleague and devoted friend of many, from across Hertfordshire and beyond.

She had worked for ten years at the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, latterly as their Communications Manager, always working tirelessly to provide key messages for patients and staff. Sadly Carmel was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer in the autumn last year. After a brief but and brave battle, she passed away in May.

On Sunday 21 July in Verulamium Park, St Albans thirty seven colleagues and friends came together in her memory, to complete the Race for Life, organised by charity Cancer Research UK. The illustrious members of the Carmel Superstar Team threw themselves into the spirit of the event, dressed in shocking pink and a variety of imaginative outfits. Not only did the group manage to raise £2,300 for cancer research but also a surprise gift for Carmel’s family.

One of the organisers of the team Melanie Bedoya from HCT (shown to the right of Carmel’s husband Phil Bull – see rightmost photo) said:

”We are truly overwhelmed with the generosity of our HCT colleagues, families and friends who have supported us in the run up to the Race for Life. To have been able to raise such a large amount is absolutely amazing. This is testament to just how loved Carmel was!”

Another friend and co-worker Julie McCall (shown to the left of Phil in the rightmost photo) added: ”It was a really fun event with an amazing atmosphere. Our team showed fantastic spirit and supported and encouraged each other to run or walk the course and ultimately collect our winners’ medals. To do this, as well as honour a wonderful, much missed friend and colleague, meant so much to all of us!”

Phil attended the event with his son and daughter Matt and Emma (shown in the middle of the photo above) and said: “We are extremely grateful for the very considerable amounts of money that you are raised.

“Your generosity is honestly overwhelming, and I do not mean just financially but also your willingness to give up your own time in order to honour Carmel in the way that you have.

“While we miss Carmel so much, we draw a lot of comfort from knowing that she was loved and respected by so many people. That her own untimely death from cancer has inspired others to help fight this hideous disease is such fitting tribute to her.”

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