Wife’s bravery inspires husband to organise charity football match in aid of Viking Day Unit

Ash and Barry on their wedding day 2022 and following Ash's cancer treatment

A charity football match will take place in Margate this month to raise funds for the Viking Day Unit at QEQM Hospital.

Sands FC, made up of men who have suffered child bereavement, and  Clifton Villa FC,  a team of friends from the isle, will take to Margate FC’s pitch on March 30.

The game has been organised by marketing manager Barry Rickhuss and is inspired by his wife Ash and the care she has received following a breast cancer diagnosis.

Barry said: “”In June 2023, my wife Ash received a diagnosis: triple-negative breast cancer. Her world, and those around her, was instantly turned upside down, replaced by a whirlwind of appointments, tests and scans.

“Six months of chemotherapy was prescribed by her oncologist and it all took place at the Viking Day Unit in QEQM, Margate.

“During this time I saw first-hand how the Viking Day Unit is far more than just a medical facility. The team’s patience, kindness and dedication is extraordinary.

“They each go above and beyond, organising events for patients and family and working hard to create a supportive and positive atmosphere. It’s a relative oasis for anxious patients, offering a sense of calm when life may otherwise feel chaotic.”

Logistics co-ordinator Ash, 29, has finished her chemotherapy and has had a lumpectomy. She will have radiotherapy and then immunotherapy for another 6 months.

Barry said: “She is doing really well and has been a beacon of positivity throughout the whole process.”

The Viking Day Unit provides anti-cancer and supportive treatments in a purpose built, outpatient building at QEQM Hospital,

It has one large treatment rooms with 10 chairs. New patient consultations and pre-chemotherapy clinics are also run out of this area.

The charity match kicks off at 5.30pm.

Find the donation page at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/viking-day-unit-qeqm

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