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AUDIO: Wetherby student launches appeal in memory of mums

AUDIO: Wetherby student launches appeal in memory of mums

Published at 7:02am 4th March 2016. (Updated at 12:40pm 4th March 2016)

A Wetherby student who recently lost her mum to cancer is inviting people to remember their loved ones this Mother's Day by making an online donation to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Naomi Barrow decided to create a fundraising page, titled 'Memories about Mums', as a way of bringing people together to share memories and celebrate their mums' and grandmothers' lives.

The 21-year-old is suggesting that people donate the money they would have spent buying their mum a card or gift.

Naomi's mum, Fiona, passed away at the age of 53 last October, three years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Naomi said: "Mother's Day can be very difficult for those who have lost a loved one, especially when that loved one is their mum. Having discussed this with others, we thought it would be nice to have a place online where we can come and share images and memories of our mums, on and around this day, accompanied by a small donation.

"After being diagnosed with breast cancer, my mum was treated with Tamoxifen, a drug which was helped to be developed by Yorkshire Cancer Research. She asked for donations from her funeral to go to Yorkshire Cancer Research, so that's the charity I've chosen to fundraise for in her memory."

Ellie Hill, Regional Fundraiser at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: "Naomi's idea is a heartfelt reminder of those we have lost and the women who mean the most to us.

"Donating in memory or on behalf of a loved one is a lovely way to support Yorkshire Cancer Research and will allow the charity to continue to support the people of Yorkshire."

To make a donation to Yorkshire Cancer Research this Mother's Day, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/memoriesaboutmums 

Naomi has blogged about her experience during the end of her mum's life, and more recently about grief at www.adaughtersdiary.co.uk

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