Dagenham cancer survivor donates £1,000 to charity

PUBLISHED: 14:56 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:07 04 February 2016

Pramilla Amin, centre, with some of the team from King George Hospital

Pramilla Amin, centre, with some of the team from King George Hospital


The assistant manager of a convenience store who overcame cancer with two sisters has donated £1,000 to a hospital charity.

Grandmother-of-two Pramilla Amin, 68, of Wood Lane, Dagenham, works alongside brother and store owner Kirit Patel at the Nisa below her house, where 2p from the sale of certain products has been going into a collection pot.

After receiving breast cancer treatment at King George Hospital in December 2014 – sisters Faarojben Patel, 69, and Anjana Chavda, 58, having gone through the same – she asked for some of the cash to be donated to the hospital’s charity.

Although a witness to the trauma of cancer first-hand after dad Chhotachotaba Patel died from lung cancer more than 40 years ago, she almost missed her early own early diagnosis.

“We were short-staffed one day and I was already 10 minutes late to my mammogram,” she explained.

“I rang for a taxi but they said they’d take half an hour, so one of the customers gave me a lift, and when I got there they took me straight in for the appointment.

“It was a good job I got there in the end – the hospital staff were really good.”

The money will be used by King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity to provide funding for hospital projects that fall outside of core NHS funding and rely on donations from individuals, community groups, local businesses and trusts.

“As a charity, we’re really proud of the services and care Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust provides and our aim is to work alongside it to raise funds that support and enhance the hospital journey for patients, visitors and staff,” said the charity’s marketing and fundraising officer, Denise Stanborough.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Kirit and Pramila for their generous donation which is a wonderful example of how our local community can help us to make our hospitals even better for everyone.”

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