A FAMILY left devastated after losing their daughter to cancer within weeks of being diagnosed are now out to raise money to help other sufferers.
Kellyann Jobson, of Whitsun Grove in Bedlington, should have been celebrating her 24th birthday on September 16 last year, but instead she was coming to terms with the news that she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Despite being told that her condition was treatable, the youth worker’s health rapidly deteriorated and, only weeks later, she lost her battle with the disease while being treated at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.
Kellyann was a familiar face in her home town as she worked part time at the Grapes pub in Front Street, besides being a support worker at Get U Started Training in Cramlington.
This Sunday, a fun day will be held at the pub in her memory to raise money for the Lymphoma Association.
Kellyann’s mum Karen said: “It was a huge shock when we were told Kellyann had died. Everyone was devastated.
“She was my only child, so it has been hard, but I have had fantastic support from my family, who have helped me keep going.
“We are over the moon an event like this is taking place for her, and we hope to raise as much money as possible.”
Karen will be wearing a Lymphoma Association t-shirt and collecting change in buckets at the charity day.
The day kicks off with a fancy-dress football match at Meadowdale playing fields in Bedlington, then the Grapes will host a tombola, hook-a-duck stand and bouncy castle, before a disco and karaoke contest round off the day.
Kellyann first started to feel poorly last summer of 2010 and went to see her GP complaining of breathlessness and weight loss.
She underwent a number of tests, and it was initially thought she had pneumonia, but then lumps started to appear, prompting her family to fear the worst.
Karen said: “As a mother, I knew something was not right, and after a biopsy we were told to expect bad news but that Kellyann would be OK.
“We were all positive and we’d been told it was treatable, and she had even planned to go on a cruise with her nan, but she died before she started the chemotherapy.”
Karen has praised the doctors and nurses who tried to save Kellyann’s life, saying she couldn’t fault the treatment she received.
She added: “The pub has been fantastic, and with the money they raised at Kellyann’s funeral last year, they have bought a garden seat with a trellis and plant pots around it, and it will have a plaque on in her memory.
“That will go in the garden at the pub, and I can look into that from my house, so I will be able to see it every day.”
The football match kicks off at 10.30am on Sunday morning before the fun starts at the Grapes at noon.