A CANCER patient has raised hundreds of pounds to thank hospital staff who saved his life.

Stuart Chinery, a patient at Poole Hospital’s radiotherapy department, was diagnosed with rectal cancer in March 2016, after being told he had three tumours in his body.

He underwent radiotherapy followed by surgery and scans from March this year showed there has been no recurrence, but he remains under regular surveillance.

He is also currently receiving treatment for prostate cancer at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Stuart has donated £430 to the staff at Poole Hospital as a thank you for the care he received.

The funds were raised at a cream tea event that took place at Rockley Park Holiday Park in July.

More than 50 people attended and there was a raffle with two cakes baked by Stuart as prizes. The event was also held last year and raised £603 for the department.

Stuart said: “I was blown away by the care and compassion given to me by the hospital staff.

“They saved my life and they are the hardest working people I have ever seen yet they always have a smile on their faces.

“I want to raise awareness and funds to help fight cancer and I implore everyone to undertake a screening test to ascertain what cancer they could have.”

Sara Fripp, Poole Hospital Charity corporate fundraiser, said: “Stuart has been incredible in his dedication to raising cancer awareness and funds for the charity.

“The donation will help us provide new equipment for the radiotherapy department to further improve patient care and service.”