Actress Lynda Bellingham, who grew up in the Vale, has announced that she is suffering from cancer.
The actress, who is aged 65 and lived for many years in Aston Abbotts and attended Aylesbury High School still has many links with the area.
She is a firm supporter of the Florence Nightingale Hospice and this morning Sue Jenkins, the charity’s executive director said: “We are all very saddened to hear the news regarding Lynda.
“She is a fantastic lady and has been a wonderful supporter of the Florence Nightingale Hospice for many years.
“On behalf of everyone involved with Florence Nightingale, we would like to send Lynda and her family our heartfelt good wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery.”
Last night the actress confirmed she would not be taking part in the tour of Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman.
Her statement said: “I’m devastated not to be able to honour my commitments to the play this year, but having toured many times before I’m aware of the sheer stamina needed and I need to prioritise my recovery.”
Ms Bellingham has not revealed what type of cancer she has. Her sister Barbara died from lung cancer in 2008 at just 56 years old.
Ms Bellingham has enjoyed great success on television, stage and film following early appearances at school and in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival in Tring.
Her most familiar roles include being the Oxo mum on a long running series of commercials, playing Helen Herriott in All Creatures Great and Small, and taking part in the stage production of Calendar Girls. She also regularly stars on Loose Women.
She is married to mortgage broker Michael Pattemore and has two sons Michael and Robbie Peloso from her second marriage.