Local BBC Sites

Page last updated at 08:19 GMT, Monday, 26 April 2010 09:19 UK
Dot Griffiths, Herceptin campaigner, is remembered

Tributes have continued to come in for cancer drug campaigner Dot Griffiths

Tributes continue to come in for Dot Griffiths, the woman who led a campaign to get the breast cancer drug Herceptin free for all who needed it on the NHS.

Dot passed away on Friday, 23 April 2010 after her own battle with cancer.

Dot, from Stoke-on-Trent, founded the 'Women Fighting for Herceptin' group.

At the end of 2006, after an 18-month battle, they finally achieved their aim - the free prescription for all of the drug in the north Staffordshire NHS area.


Our video report (above) features just some of those who had reason to fell grateful to Dot. At the bottom of this page, you too are invited to add your tribute.

Dot, from Hartshill, originally started the Herceptin campaign after finding out the drug (which she was receiving at the time) wasn't given to women in the early stages of cancer. She felt that it was exactly this group that could benefit most.

She asked around at the Oncology department of the University Hospital of North Staffs to try to discover which women would qualify.

In fact, many didn't know about it - so she started getting them together and launching a campaign of letters and meetings.

They then appeared in national papers with their campaign, on BBC Breakfast and Woman's Hour on Radio 4 and also took a petition to the steps of Number 10 Downing Street.

Long-lasting legacy

After her own eleven years living with cancer, she died at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in north Staffordshire.

Her son, Robert, 36, said she had "left a long-lasting legacy that she and her family and friends can be very proud of".

He said she was a "courageous woman who fought not only for herself but for other people for a drug that would prolong her life and the lives of others".

Dot's funeral takes place at Stoke Minster on Thursday 6 May.


You can leave your tributes by emailing us: staffordshire@bbc.co.uk

Dot Griffiths
Dot fought for others to get Herceptin free on the NHS

My sincere condolences to Dot's family, a very special woman with a heart of gold, GOD BLESS DOT R.I.P.
Kevin Healey, Chairman of Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society

I would just like to say what an inspiration Dot was to all women. I had breast cancer myself 12 years ago so I have followed Dot's story. I lived by Dot and went to school with her as child, her family and friends should be very proud of her. She will never be forgotten.
Jean Snape

I am so sad at the passing of Dotty, she was an inspirational lady, and one feels better for having known her. I have met her on several occasions and have never known her moan about anything. She has shown great courage. She always looked beautiful always cheerful and never had a bad word for anyone. With deepest sympathy to the family. God bless and may she rest in peace.

If only the rest of the world cared about the welfare of other people like Dot did.
Ian Taylor

Dot was a treasure. She worked tirelessly for everyone and smiled throughout it all. She will be very sadly missed.

Herceptin woman an 'inspiration'
26 Apr 10 |  Staffordshire



Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific