Fundraising legacy for mum after cancer battle

Kelly Stoker (right), who is terminally ill, has been fund-raising for charity. Kelly is pictured here with her friend Kimberly Powney.
Kelly Stoker (right), who is terminally ill, has been fund-raising for charity. Kelly is pictured here with her friend Kimberly Powney.
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THE family of a young mum-of-three whose dying wish was to help others are fulfilling her legacy.

Kelly Stoker was just 27 when she died in June after a six-month battle with cervical cancer.

Family and friends of the Fence Houses mum were left devastated by her death, but they have been inspired by one of her final acts.

Despite being terminally ill, Kelly, who was mum to Lewis, six, Clayton, three, and Reece, two, managed to help raise £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Now family and friends will keep her fund-raising spirit alive with a sponsored walk and charity fun day at The Station pub in Fence Houses.

Friend Kimberley Powney said: “We’ll be holding the event on the 28th of September, which is a Saturday.

“Kelly would have been 28 on the Monday, the 30th, so we thought it was a fitting way to remember her.”

She added: “It was something her family had spoken with Kelly about before she died and is something she really wanted them to do.”

Kelly, who lived with partner Liam Wood, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in January and was treated with a six-week course of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy – internal radiation.

But it was unsuccessful in ridding her body of the disease, and in May doctors broke the news that the cancer had spread rapidly to her lungs and nothing could be done to save her life.

Though her family knew they had limited time left with her, they didn’t expect the devoted mum to die just a fortnight after she was told her illness was terminal.

She died in St Benedict’s Hospice, at its former base in Monkwearmouth, surrounded by her family.

Just days before Kelly’s death, she presented a cheque to Macmillan nurses, who had helped her, in a bid to help cancer patients in the future.

The fund-raiser on September 28 will feature a sponsored walk from The Station pub in Morton Crescent from 11am, with a fun day at the pub taking place from noon.

It will feature a raffle, tombola, face painting and bouncy castle.

Entry is free.