STAFF at a Whitby hotel have rallied round to raise money to say thank you to a hospital which saved the sight of one of their work colleagues.
Mum-of-two Jodie Winspear (31) of Larpool Crescent was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and underwent two major operations at Hull Royal Infirmary.
Her mum Sue Winspear said if it had not been for the operations, Jodie would have gone blind.
Since being diagnosed, Jodie has also undergone six weeks of pioneering radiotherapy treatment called Tomotherapy at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, which she has just completed
But the tumour, which is on her pituitiary gland and was pushing on her optic nerve, has left her with 25% vision in one eye and she has to take 37 tablets a day to keep her alive. She has also lost her short-term memory.
Now staff at The Royal Hotel on the West Cliff where Jodie worked since she was 16 up until she fell ill, are holding a big fund-raiser at Whitby’s The Met on Friday 8 April for the hospital’s neurosurgical ward 4.
Sue, who also works as a receptionist at The Royal, said: “I can honestly say it’s been the most horrific year but it’s brought the whole family even more closer together.
“If she hadn’t had the operation at Hull she would be totally blind now as the tumour was pushing on her optic nerve.
“The staff at the hospital were fantastic. She went in on 8 August and came out on 11 October.
“They became like friends.
“How can you thank people enough? We hope to raise as much as possible. If we sell 250 tickets that’s £2,500. They will never get rid of the tumour but after Jodie’s treatment at Middlesbrough they are hoping this has shrunk it.
“Jodie never complains.
“All she ever does is think about other people and makes sure everybody else is okay.”
Manager of the Royal, Vicki Glen, has organised a performance from swing singer Danny Owen who will bring his Rat Pack Tribute Show to The Met in Argyle Road.
Both The Met and Danny, who is travelling to perform in Whitby from Essex, are giving their services free of charge.
He will perform a selection of singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis as well as songs by other artists including Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole.
There will also be a laser disco, buffet and a raffle with some fantastic prizes up for grabs including the top prize of a three night stay in any Bay Hotel anywhere in the UK, vouchers for the North York Moors Railway, Hadley’s and a carvery meal for two at the Cross Butts Stable Restaurant. Jodie added: “I can’t thank them enough. It’s such a kind idea and it’s a nice way to say thank you.”
Tickets for the fund-raiser cost £10 and are available from Vicki on 07751 294487 or The Royal Hotel on (01947) 602234.
All money from the tickets and raffle will go to Hull Royal Infirmary, Neurosurgial Ward 4.