Business owner with stage 4 colon cancer raises £5,000 for charities

By Ben Carey on 8 September, 2023

A Swindon business owner has raised £5,000 in support of charities and the hospital that has cared for her in every step of her stage 4 colon cancer battle.

Sara Tye is an award-winning business and organisational development expert and Founder of redheadPR, with over 30 years of communications expertise.

She was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in February this year, a diagnosis that was delayed by the effects of the pandemic.

Through fundraising initiatives, Sara is giving back to the community of oncology pharmacists, oncology nurses, volunteers, consultants, junior doctors and district nurses that have helped her tremendously in her journey through her first chemotherapy regime.

A JustGiving crowdfunding page was set up in March with the goal of raising £5,000 for the Great Western Hospital in Swindon alongside national charities Macmillan, Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and Brighter Futures.

The target was reached in July with family, friends and others donating in a unified fight against cancer.

Sara said, “It was a huge shock being diagnosed straight away with stage 4 bowel cancer, but the love I’ve received from my community of friends and family plus everybody looking after me to help make me better has meant that I’ve been truly blessed.

“It’s bittersweet to finally feel the most loved and cared for in my life, but at the same time feeling so ill. If I hadn’t had the support I would not have been able to carry on working and look after my adopted children and family. 

“It’s really important that funds are raised continually for these charities and institutions because cancer is one of the biggest killers and cases are increasing. To make a difference we need to keep on investing in the services that everyone provides for patients across the UK and the world.”

Dr Sarah Lowndes, a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received the cheque on behalf of the charities. Specialising in the treatment of colorectal cancer, lung cancer and cancer of unknown primary (CUP), Dr Lowndes has been instrumental in directing Sara’s chemotherapy and treatment.

Pictured: Dr Sara Lowndes and Macmillan Nurses accept the cheque on behalf of the charities.