Australian school to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer

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Joel Broadbent, from Hull, will be holding a day to raise vital funds and awareness of pancreatic cancer on the 17th November. She will be having an awareness and fundraising day in the Australian school that she works at in memory of her mum who sadly lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.

Fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer Action
Joel and her mum Anne

Joel’s mum, Anne, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2016 whilst she was living in Australia where she taught at a small, remote school. Anne was taken into hospital with suspected gall stones which is when they discovered it was pancreatic cancer. Anne sadly passed away on 11th December 2016 with Joel and her brother by her side.

Joel has since decided to go back to the Australian community until December and work at the school that she and her mum used to work at together a year before Anne’s diagnosis. She wanted to feel closer to her mum and be away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Joel Says “The reason I want to fundraise for Pancreatic Cancer Action is because I think your charity is amazing.”

“I was living back in the UK when I found out about Mum’s diagnosis. She was living in Australia and had done since 2006. Pancreatic Cancer Action’s information booklets are fantastic and during a time when I wanted to know everything possible about the disease, I could do so through theirs and Macmillan’s publications.”

fundraiser raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Action
Joel, wearing purple make up last year working in MAC make-up.

Joel, wearing purple make up last year in school.

“The plan so far is to wear purple, plenty of purple makeup and face paints for the students. We’ll create purple food and sell that to raise money.  I’ll take lots of photographs and we’ll have a really fun day with it.”

If you want to have a purple awareness day like Joel then find out how to here