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Lambourn rallies to support its Angel; RACING PEOPLE Focus on those at the heart of the action.

ONE Angel has been caught unawares by racing's deep and widespread concern over her plight. An avalanche of more then 150 get-well cards and a constant stream of visitors, including Barry Hills, has given Doreen Rackham a perfect pick-me-up as she recovers from surgery to remove her voice box following throat cancer.

Rackham, known as the Angel of Lambourn for the numerous kind deeds that won public recognition with a Betfair Pride of Racing Trophy in 2008, spent several weeks in Swindon's Great Western Hospital before undergoing the surgery in Oxford's Churchill Hospital.

She is convalescing at Oaksey House in Lambourn, where she was a tireless voluntary worker prior to her illness, diagnosed after she had a difficulty in swallowing and was therefore losing weight.

Looking well again, she has been cared for throughout by John and Jackie Porter, who manage Oaksey House and have been her friends for many decades.

Unable to speak until the healing process has reached a stage where a digital voice box can be inserted, the former postal worker is communicating via a notepad.

She wrote: "I've been overwhelmed by the incredibly warm response from so many people in racing. It is difficult to find the words to express my gratitude to them for caring so much because it has made such a difference to me in a difficult time.

"John and Jackie have been truly wonderful friends and I wouldn't have been able to cope without them. I'll never be able to thank them enough. It was very kind of Mr Hills to come and see me. He was able to give invaluable advice having undergone the same surgery."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2010
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