Charity quiz nights will 
benefit other cancer patients

Rebecca Lawrence and Paddy O'Farrell
Rebecca Lawrence and Paddy O'Farrell

A terminally-ill mother of three from Daventry has launched a fundraising campaign to support two local causes.

Rebecca Lawrence, 33, from the Grange estate, has breast cancer which has spread to her lungs and now wants to raise funds for Coppafeel! and the oncology unit of Northampton General Hospital.

Fundraising will continue with a Christmas quiz night to be held at The Dun Cow in Brook Street on Wednesday.

Miss Lawrence was diagnosed with breast cancer in March and had a left breast mastectomy in April, followed by chemotherapy. It was during tests that it was discovered the cancer had travelled to her lung.

Miss Lawrence, whose children are aged 10, eight and 16 months old, said: “I have been told the cancer is incurable but controllable. However, I know that I am going to be leaving my children behind.

“I wanted to give something back as all of my friends and family have been massively supportive since I found out.

“I am raising money for Coppafeel! because it is a fantastic local charity and for the oncology unit because it has supported me in my treatment. Someone from the oncology unit will phone me if my drugs arrive early and if I want to pick them up.

“It was strange to me that I was not the youngest patient at the oncology unit. You don’t hear much of young people aged between 18 and 35 getting cancer, but they can.

“I would encourage people who are worried to check and, if they are not happy, to get a second opinion. You will know your own body. I would like to raise at least £1,500 so I can give £750 to each organisation.”

Miss Lawrence has already raised more than £230 from a quiz night among her work colleagues at Daventry Job Centre.

She hopes to organise further themed quiz nights at The Dun Cow and a fun day at The Pike and Eel has been organised for March.

The Dun Cow quiz night starts at 8pm and entrance is £1 per person.

There will be a raffle and anyone who wishes to donate a prize can take it along on the night.