TV star's boost for nurse

Published: 29 Jun 2012 15:000 comments

A STAR from top TV soap Emmerdale has sent a message of hope to a Gourock nurse who is battling cancer for the second time.

Sandra and friends with Chris Chittell and, below, Sandra.

Chris Chittell, who is best known as Eric Pollard, was keen to pass on his best wishes to Sandra McColl, 54.

He recently met four of her pals on the West Highland Way as they took part in a sponsored trek to raise cash for the ward at Inverclyde Royal Hospital where Sandra is undergoing treatment.

Through the Telegraph, Chris said it had been 'a wonderful pleasure' to meet Bernadette Scott, Karen McAlpine, Karen McEwen and Stella Rennie on their trip.

He said he had enjoyed walking part of the way with the group of four friends and praised them for their fundraising efforts, which have netted nearly £1,000.

He also sent a touching message of support to Sandra to win her fight against cancer,

Sandra and her pals have also been invited to visit famous actor Chris at the Emmerdale studios in Yorkshire once her treatment finishes in November.

The message comes a nice morale boost to upbeat Sandra, who is bravely battling against cancer for the second time in quick succession.

She had a lumpectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy in 2008 when she was first diagnosed by doctors and had returned to her work when a routine mammogram last year revealed she had cancer again.

The 54-year-old had a mastectomy last June and still faces a further five months of treatment at Inverclyde Royal - yet she is determined to return to her job as a district nurse as early as next month.

Sandra said: "I am a very positive person and I am hoping to go back to work.

"You have to get up and get on with it."

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