Cancer drug campaigners hand over money to Manorlands hospice

Andrew Wood, Tony Morton representing Marie, Jacky Pickles and Janice Wrigglesworth

Andrew Wood, Tony Morton representing Marie, Jacky Pickles and Janice Wrigglesworth

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Remaining funds raised by three women who campaigned for access to a life-prolonging drug have been handed over to Manorlands.

Janice Wrigglesworth, Jacky Pickles and the late Marie Morton – all sufferers from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer – fought for victims of the condition to be given Velcade.

During the trio’s three-year campaign, which was wound up in 2010, the women became known as The Velcade Three and attracted national media attention.

They also raised more than £25,000 for charities – £18,000 was presented to Myeloma UK, £2,000 to Manorlands and £5,000 to the haematology and oncology day unit at Airedale Hospital.

Now the £379 left in the kitty has been donated to the Oxenhope hospice.

Cowling woman Janice and Jacky, from Keighley, visited the Sue Ryder centre – together with Tony Morton, husband of Marie, who died in Manorlands last November – to present a cheque.

“We campaigned tirelessly and the outcome was that myeloma sufferers were able to access Velcade at first relapse at the point of need after consultation with their consultant, which was a major step forward,” said Jacky, who is receiving treatment again following her eighth relapse in 11 years.

“We feel it is now time to close the Velcade Three account and website.”

Their campaign also raised awareness of multiple myeloma, which is an incurable and debilitating cancer of the plasma cells found in the bone marrow.

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