Cramlington teacher fundraising in memory of mum

A Cramlington teacher is encouraging others to join her to step out to help raise vital money for charity.

Friday, 27th September 2019, 1:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th October 2019, 2:12 pm
Emily Wilson with her mum Amanda.

Emily Wilson, 27, will be sounding the starting horn at Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk, which will take place for the first time in Newcastle on Saturday, October 12.

The 10k walking event will see men, women and children lighting up the night to raise money for life-saving research.

English teacher Emily, who recently joined Cramlington Learning Village, will be a special guest having lost her mum to bowel cancer in 2016 at just 56-years-old.

Since then Emily has gone on to raise thousands of pounds for the Cancer Research UK

In 2011 when Emily was 18 and finishing her first year studying law at Northumbria University, her mum Amanda Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Emily said: “My dad and I struggled to cope, but she supported us through it all, when it should have been the other way round.

“She had surgery and chemotherapy and a year later we were told the fantastic news that she was in remission.”

Following the news Emily’s mum and dad, Chris Wilson, moved house, and got a puppy.

Emily said: “We had some fantastic holidays together and I particularly treasure cycling through Central Park in New York with my mum.”

Sadly though in June 2016, after having problems with what she thought was bloating, Amanda was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Emily added: “None of us saw it coming. We had put cancer behind us and were getting on with life and then this diagnosis came from nowhere. But mum being mum took it all in her stride and remained positive.”

The following month Amanda had surgery to try to remove the cance.

Emily said: “After the surgery we had a month to enjoy before she began chemotherapy so we had all kinds of exciting trips together. Spending time with my mum and dad was so special.”

She began chemotherapy for the bowel cancer in September 2016 but in November, three quarters of the way into treatment the family were given the news that it was not working and the cancer was spreading, leaving Amanda with just a matter of weeks to live.

“The devastation we felt is indescribable. To be told your best friend was going to die was like having your heart wrenched out,” said Emily.

“The final weeks were not happy times, but I’m so grateful to have been able to spend every day with my mum.”

Emily raised just under £3,000 for Cancer Research UK by running the Great North Run in 2017 and took part in Shine in York last year with her partner Mark and his family and her dad and his partner.

She said: “The most important thing to me is that we find cures for all cancers so people don’t have to die from it anymore. I wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through what my mum did.”

People are invited to sign up to Shine Newcastle now and choose to raise money for the area of cancer research closest to their hearts.

The Shine Night Walk in Newcastle starts in Baltic Square at 7pm and participants will take to the city streets in a fun and inspirational parade of light.

The route will pass famous city landmarks such as Newcastle Castle, Greys Monument and the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

Frances Kippax-Geary, Cancer Research UK Newcastle Event Manager, said: “We’re delighted to bring Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk to Newcastle for the first time.

“We hope the whole community will unite behind this special, emotional event and help make it a night to remember.”

To enter visit www.shinewalk.org