Local fundraising hero raises over £8,000 to help pancreatic cancer action
Kelly Williams, 37 from Sarn in Pwllheli, has raised an incredible £8,018.24 for Pancreatic Cancer Action, a small charity that focuses on early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Kelly, mum of 5, first started her fundraising mission when she found out she had a place in the London Marathon 2017 to run for the charity. The place meant a lot to her as her mum, Gwen Booth, sadly passed from pancreatic cancer in May 2015 just 15 days after diagnosis.
She has not only completed the Marathon but has been continuing to organise fundraising events to raise extra funds and awareness. A coffee morning in Tudweiliog, a night in memory of her mam in Llanrwst and also a sponsored walk completed by her children’s school, Ysgol Tudweiliog, all raised huge amounts and contributed towards her total.
Kelly says “At the beginning of the year I was struggling but when I received the email about the place in the London Marathon it felt like it was meant to be and gave me a massive focus which has really helped my grieving.”
“Being able to raise money and hopefully help other people out there, raise awareness of this awful disease and of course keeping my mams memory alive!”
“I would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported from family, friends and local community”
Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer. The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns.
Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are delighted that Kelly has given her time and effort to not only take on this challenge but for all the fundraising she has done and the support she has given to Pancreatic Cancer Action.
”We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Kelly we can continue our vital work. It is not too late to donate so if Kelly has inspired you please back her fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
To sponsor Kelly and read more about her story please visit her Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/kelly-williams38