A CANCER survivor was so impressed by the talent and care of the staff at the Chester breast cancer unit she decided to put on a talent show to give something back.

Three years ago Tiz Corcoran from Hargrave, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I remember the moment very clearly, because my response was a bit bizarre, I told the nurses to hang on a minute, my family history indicated that I supposed to die of a heart attack not cancer.”

The reply Tiz got back from breast care nurse practitioner, Jackie Philips was immediate: “We are not going to lose you”.

Tiz said: “Although none of us knew at the time whether this was true, I hung on to that positivity and I know I’m very lucky still to be around. The care I received from my consultant, my breast care nurses and all at the Breast Cancer Unit at the Countess of Chester from diagnosis, through my treatment and the care I continue to get is simply fantastic.”.

Tiz decided that she really wanted to give something back to help support others who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Her idea was to organise a talent show with the winners appearing in a celebration gala.

The talent show featured an array of acts including rock groups, dancers and solo musical performances. The dancers won through for both age groups with troupe, WinC, winning the seven–18 age group and dancing duo Joanna and Steven Thomas taking the trophy for the over 18 age group. At the gala night at the Barbour Institute, Tattenhall, the two winning acts from the talent show appeared alongside A Handbag of Harmonies, Jonathan Cooke, Zoe Bonner, Frances Cooke and a short sketch written, directed and performed by members of Tattenhall Amateur Dramatic Society.

Tiz’s successful events raised £2,486 for the Breast Cancer Unit.