The family of a Gaywood woman who died of a brain tumour have joined forces with Middleton charity Red Wellies to raise awareness and funds.
Aimee Walton, 29, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in March 2012.
Doctors had said there was a 90 per cent chance her tumour was benign until they operated and discovered the extent of the cancer.
Her mother, Rachel Walker, 50, who lives on the Springwood Estate, said: “She was in the middle of organising her wedding and she was given between one and three years to live.”
After her operation, Aimee was given radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but she was told the treatment was not working and nothing more could be done.
Rachel said: “She never felt sorry for herself. Her song was ‘Titanium’ which is all about being strong and we played it at her wedding, at her hen party and sang it on nights out.
Aimee worked at The National Construction College in Bircham Newton and was determined to keep working throughout her treatment.
Her mother said: “She always got up to go to work and sometimes I had to stop her because she was just too ill. She loved her job.”
Aimee wanted to make every second count by creating memories with her family, including seven-year-old son, Jack, and her new husband, Mark.
In September 2012, friends and family watched on as Aimee married Mark in her dream wedding.
A year later, she took a turn for the worse and was taken into hospital. When released, she required care from a hospice at home team until she died on October 16.
Rachel said: “That was one of the hardest things, she was such an independent person and it was all just taken away.”
During her last 18 months, Aimee came across the work of Red Wellies, a Middleton charity that was set up to support brain tumour research in memory of Lisa Wiles, and wanted to do her bit to support it.
Rachel said: “It’s something that you wish you didn’t have to do, but it helps to know you are not alone and to feel like you are doing some good.”
She added: “We told Jack that the doctors didn’t have the medicine to make his mum better so he says he wants to raise money to pay for the medicine.”
Family and friends have raised around £2,500 for Red Wellies so far through a charity walk, a collection held at Aimee’s funeral and cake stalls among other events.
There are plans for further fundraising with a family disco to be held at West Lynn Community Centre on March 22, organised by Neil Gotsell and Emilie Walker.
Gaywood Community Primary School, where Jack is a pupil, will be holding a Wear a Hat for Brain Tumour Research day at the end of March for the charity and there will also be a charity bingo held later in the year.
1 Mervyn Wiles set up Red Wellies, a charity dedicated to raising awareness and funding to support brain tumour research, in memory of his daughter, Lisa Wiles, who died of the same type of brain tumour as Aimee.
He said: “It was a shame that they never got the chance to meet because they were very similar people, both determined to keep going and make the most of every second.”
Mervyn said: “It is so hard as a small charity to keep in the public eye, so when you get families who want to support us by holding their own events, we are delighted.”
“All we want is to find this wonderful cure so that others don’t have to go through what Aimee and Lisa have.
“It’s hard because you feel so elated when you raise all this money but then you get home and you realise its not going to help save your daughter.”