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Brave mum raises thousands for charity

Thousands of pounds have been raised for charity thanks to the efforts of a brave mum who is battling a brain tumour.

Gaynor Stowe, from Newlands, Sowerby, has raised £3,150 for Andrea’s Gift, a Yorkshire brain tumour charity, and hospice charity the Forget Me Not Trust.

The money was raised at an evening of entertainment at the Sowerby Cricket Club.

Gaynor, who was told three years ago that she had between two and four years to live, has refused to let her illness beat her. She is now planning her next fundraising event with the help of her five-year-old daughter Imogen.

Gaynor’s mum Dawn performed at the fundraising event under a stage name of Julie Dee, as well as comedian Johnnie Casson. An auction was also held to raise more funds and 160 people turned up to support the event.

“It was just astounding,” said Gaynor. “It was bigger than we expected and I just couldn’t believe how fantastic it was.”

She said her list of thanks was huge, adding: “Everybody who donated from businesses, people and the staff at the cricket club, they were all fantastic.”

Gaynor’s illness began 11 years ago when she suffered a string of seizures. A few months later doctors said she had a benign tumour and would need to have regular scans.

After marrying husband Neil and having her daughter Imogen, she began having severe headaches and a scan revealed a tumour. It was three years ago when doctors then told Gaynor she had terminal cancer.


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