Tumour survivor working for charity that helped save her

A WOMAN who was diagnosed with a brain tumour 15 years ago is now working for the charity that helped save her life.

Carol Binney, from Nether Edge, Sheffield, has joined Neurocare as retail trading and volunteer manager. The charity raises money and supports the neurosciences department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

In 1995, Mrs Binney was suffering from severe migraines and after numerous visits to her GP she was convinced something was wrong. After being sent for a scan she was diagnosed with a seven-centimetre benign brain tumour.

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She said: "Just three days after being diagnosed I was in the Hallamshire Hospital ready to have major brain surgery. I was in intensive care for four days after the operation and in hospital for two weeks in total. I am proof that a brain tumour can happen to anyone at any time.

"The staff at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital were absolutely fantastic and I have nothing but praise for what they did for me – without them I wouldn't be here today."

Mrs Binney, 46, is responsible for expanding Neurocare's retail activities and nurturing volunteers. Her team runs two gift and book trolleys and a charity shop within the hospital complex for staff and patients and visiting family and friends.

She added: "Neurocare raises funds for the wards in which I was treated, so when a job came up I thought it was a great opportunity to give something back to the hospital.

"My job is to improve the retail and volunteering opportunities for Neurocare. We get a lot of people browsing for gifts as they wait for appointments or an ambulance to take them home and both the book and gift trolleys are taken onto the wards.

"All the books are donated to us brand new by Bestsellers Direct, a wholesale book company based in Hillsborough, and the charity shop is stocked with donated bric-a-brac."

Mrs Binney said the continued success of the charity shop was dependent on donations from members of the public and items for the charity store could be donated to the shop directly.

For more information about donating or volunteering opportunities call Mrs Binney on 0114 2712236 or 267 6464 or e-mail [email protected]