A CHAFFORD Hundred woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago is holding a tennis-a-thon to say thank you to the hospital that treated her.
Jo Stehle, 46, will be playing tennis for eight hours at Thurrock Lawn Tennis Club in Grays in order to raise funds for the Breast Care Unit at Basildon Hospital, where she has been treated since being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Jo took up tennis at the Thurrock club around three-and-a-half years ago after she finished intensive treatment, and will be joined by her daughters Charlotte and Jessica for the duration of the event on Sunday, 22 April, from 11am to 7pm.
Jo said: “Everybody at the Breast Care Unit was and continues to be absolutely fantastic – I can’t speak highly enough of the care I’ve received during my treatment.
“I’ve wanted to do something to give back to the staff and say thank you for a while, and this seemed like the perfect way to combine raising money and getting to do something I love at the same time.
“They desperately need funds to expand their department – it is always completely full and I want to help make sure that other women have the chance to experience the same level of care I had.”
Despite setting a £1,000 fundraising target, Jo has already reached a total of over £1,200 from supporters.
During the tennis-a-thon, Jo and her daughters will play 30-minute slots against a total of 144 different friends, family members, and members of the public – each of whom will donate £5 towards the cause.
Though many slots are already filled, those who wish to take part are still able to sign up for a half-hour session by calling Jo on 07890 579599.
All ages and abilities are welcome to take part.
For those who can’t make it on the day, Jo has set up a fundraising page for extra donations, which can be found by visting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/basildon-breast-care-unit.