The daughter of a former King’s Lynn woman is raising money for Brain Tumour Research as a legacy on behalf of her mum who has terminal brain cancer.
Lisa Bennett is taking part in the charity’s 10,000 Steps a Day in February Challenge after being inspired by her 58-year-old mum, Jacquie Amor, who has three inoperable brain tumours.
The diagnosis, in August, came as a complete shock to the family as Ms Amor had been fit and well.
Miss Bennett, 36, who grew up in Lynn, but has lived in Leeds for 10 years, said she became worried about her mum in July after she had a fall.
She experienced confusion and memory loss and it was during hospital tests the high grade secondary tumours were discovered.
Ms Amor left Lynn in September after her daughter managed to get her a place at a residential home in Leeds.
She said it was a tough journey in the ambulance and her mum, who has mental health problems, was “confused and terrified”.
“At first, when she arrived at the home, her mental health deteriorated, as she couldn’t accept what was happening.
“Before her diagnosis, she was a really independent person. Mum didn’t work but she was very sociable, always seeing friends and going into town – she loved charity shops. Her life had changed immeasurably in such a short space of time,” Miss Bennett said. Ms Amor lived in Hillington Square for years and liked to drink with friends in The Globe and the former Lattice House.
Mum-of-six Miss Bennett said until her mum’s diagnosis, she knew nothing about brain tumours or the symptoms.
Her mum went from going into hospital to 16 days later being told she had three tumours and there was nothing doctors could do due to the location on her brain.
Ms Amor, whose prognosis was just a few months, is settling into life at the home and Miss Bennett said: “She told the carers she wanted to make a difference for other people but she can’t do it and I thought I would do something on her behalf – even if it makes a tiny difference, it will be a legacy on behalf of mum.”
Initially, Miss Bennett, who attended Lynn’s Fairstead Primary and Gaywood Park schools, aimed to raise £150. But she said the donations quickly reached £545 after she decided to do the challenge early.
She said: “Its the first charity event I’ve done but the cause means so much to me and I am so motivated to do my bit. I love walking and getting out in the fresh air with my family anyway, we’ve been doing a lot of it during lockdown.
“I’ve also set up a page to raise awareness of brain tumours, promote the charity’s petition and to share fundraising updates.
“The page is called J’s Campaign. I know mum said she wishes she could also do something to help others with this horrible disease, so I’m doing it for her.”
Matthew Price, community development manager at Brain Tumour Research thanked Miss Bennett for taking up the challenge and urged others to follow her example to help researchers to find a cure.
Go to www.facebook.com/donate/2733561806959722 to support Miss Bennett’s fundraiser.