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Ex-journalist to return £300,000 raised for lifesaving cancer treatment

A former daily journalist has thanked people who helped raise more than £300,000 to help her undergo lifesaving treatment – but is now set to return the cash after finding out she will be able to get it on the NHS.

Roz Paterson, pictured, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer last summer, but has been given “weeks, maybe months” left to live.

Mother-of-two Roz, who used to work for the Daily Record, launched a crowdfunder two weeks ago in a bid to undergo therapy for her illness in America.

She had raised £323,000 of her £500,000 target when she found out “like a magic wand” that she would be able to receive it on the NHS at King’s College Hospital, in London, instead.

Roz Patrerson

Upon hearing the news, the 52-year-old wrote in her blog: “Something just happened, and like a magic wand, it changes everything.

“I’m 90pc sure, I’m as sure as sure can be without actually having to make the oath in court, that NHS Scotland have approved the funding for my treatment.

“The ink’s not dry, I don’t have the letter in my sweaty little mitt quite yet but it sure looks good, folks.”

She added: “Some people gave money they can’t afford, because it was a matter of life and death. They gave me £3, or £5, gleaned from what little they had, because my need, at that time, was greater than theirs.

“That’s not the case now, and I think the best plan is to automatically refund everyone who contributed via GoFundMe, so that noone has to ask. Other monies can be returned to those who gave so generously, with my heartfelt thanks.”


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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:20 am

    It’s really good news that she will get the treatment she needs on the NHS. Perhaps she is right that she should refund the money as some will have given large amounts because they know her personally and wouldn’t necessarily want to donate so much to another individual with a similar problem. Hopefully some will go on to donate to others instead. Unique Imelda is my personal choice to donate to, as I know it all goes directly to help that child. Some charities have high overheads and I object to paying high salaries to board members.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 11:48 am

    what a heart-warming story as far as the public’s reaction is concerned and Roz’s own determination and honesty. I am sure all HTFP “viewers” would wish her well in her treatment. Good luck Roz.

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