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Brothers help raise £1,000 in memory of their mum

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

Scott and Ben Jackson with dog Charlie.

Scott and Ben Jackson with dog Charlie.

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BROTHERS Scott and Ben Jackson took part in a 5k family walk in memory of their mum who died after losing her battle with cancer.

Yvonne Jackson died on February 22, two days after celebrating her 50th birthday.

Now the siblings have helped to raise £1,000 for Douglas Macmillan Hospice to thank the staff who helped to care for their mum.

Scott, aged 21, of Moorcroft Close, Cheadle, said: "I did think it would be emotional on the day because of how tough everything has been in the last couple of months.

"My mum was so brave throughout her illness even when the doctors told her the cancer was terminal and she didn't have long to live.

"She kept strong for Ben and I because she didn't want to worry us.

"I know she always put us first."

Supermarket worker Yvonne was diagnosed with bladder cancer in December 2012.

Although having chemotherapy treatment helped to shrink her tumour, things took another turn when doctors discovered a blood clot in her arm.

Scott said: "It was such a shock when mum was diagnosed with cancer. She had been having problems but doctors thought it was a urine infection.

"We had no idea things were that serious.

"Mum was soon given chemotherapy treatment and it seemed to be working in that the tumour was shrinking.

"But doctors then found a blood clot in her left arm. Unfortunately the doctors couldn't recover her arm so they had to amputate it just below her elbow in May last year.

"It just seemed like it was one thing after another.

"Because of the clot, my mum couldn't have any more chemotherapy so instead they put her on radiotherapy.

"Then in September last year, doctors found out the cancer had spread to my mum's lymph nodes.

"That meant her cancer had become terminal.

"But even then, mum remained strong. She was told by doctors she would only have 18 months left but she never told Ben and I.

"In the end, she didn't last more than six months.

"Even though I knew what would happen, it was still a shock when she died. It just seemed so sudden.

"The week before she died, she was admitted to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

"It helped so much to have that support and know that we weren't alone.

"It was difficult juggling my university work with helping to care for my mum but she was adamant I would finish my studies.

"I will be graduating this year from Staffordshire University and my dream is to become a pilot. I know my mum would be proud of me when I finally complete my studies."

The siblings joined hundreds of fund-raisers at the Wedgwood Estate in Barlaston, today, for the annual Douglas Macmillan Hospice Family 5K Walk & Run.

Father-of-one Ken Colley took part in the event along with his eight-year-old daughter Tamzin in memory of his grandma Sybil Syrett who died on April 23, 2004, from bowel cancer.

The 34-year-old of Hamilton Road, Normacot, said: "I did the walk with my daughter this year because it is the 10th anniversary of my grandma's death.

"I have raised money for a lot cancer charities because it is something that affects a lot of people.

"The weather wasn't very good but I enjoyed doing the walk. The atmosphere was great because we all took part for a good cause."

Medals were presented to the walkers, runners and even the dogs who took part in the event.

Liz Clarke, head of fund-raising at the hospice, said: "The atmosphere was absolutely electric and everyone had a great time.

"We want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and braved the wet conditions.

"All the money raised will ensure the hospice continues to provide the highest level of care for local people of North Staffordshire facing a life limiting illness."

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