FRIENDS and family stepped out in memory of a young woman whose dying wish was to help others.
Kelly Stoker was just 27 when she died in June following a six-month battle with cervical cancer.
Scores of family members and friends of the Fence Houses mother-of-three took part in a sponsored walk and fun day at The Station pub at the weekend to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and mark what would have been Kelly’s 28th birthday.
Friend Kimberley Powney said: “It was a really good event and lots of people raised money and donated prizes for raffles without even being asked. It was very touching to know they had done it for Kelly.”
She wanted to thank everyone who supported the day, including Michael Gray, who donated football season tickets for a raffle prize, and Debra Shipley who did a sponsored head shave.
Kimberley said: “I think for her family doing the fund-raising helps to keep them going, knowing it was something that Kelly really wanted to do.”
Although the money from the day is still to be counted up, organisers hope they will raise in excess of £2,000 for the cancer charity.
Kelly, mum to Lewis, six, Clayton, three and two-year-old Reece, was an inspiration to others when she, despite being terminally ill, organised a fund-raising event which made £2,000 for the charity.
Only days before her death, she presented a cheque to Macmillan nurses to help cancer patients in the future.
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 in May doctors broke the news that the cancer had spread rapidly to her lungs and nothing could be done to save her life. She died just two weeks later.