Wetherby student leads campaign to help raise cash for cancer charity

Naomi Barrow
Naomi Barrow

A student from Wetherby who lost her mum to cancer is leading a Christmas campaign to help raise vital funds to improve cancer outcomes in Yorkshire.

Naomi Barrow, 22, is encouraging people to remember and celebrate their loved ones by donating the money they would have spent on a gift to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Living without my mum is hard. I miss her every day.

Naomi Barrow, 22

The Treasured Memories campaign will include the opportunity for people to include a photograph and memory of their friend or family member on the charity’s website.

Naomi’s mum Fiona, a palliative care consultant, passed away from breast cancer in October 2015 aged just 53.

Fiona asked for the money collected at her funeral to go to Yorkshire Cancer Research, and Naomi has since been helping the charity to raise awareness of the work it funds to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region.

In the lead-up to Mother’s Day this year, Naomi set up an online giving page called Memories about Mums, where people could share memories and make a donation to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Naomi, who also works for the NHS as a peer support worker based at York St John University, said: “Living without mum is hard.

“I miss her every day.

“She helped make me the person I am today.

“She was always busy, always up to something, often helping other people, and that’s something that I will always look up to.

“The festive period doesn’t make grief any easier.

“One of the things that has helped me, though, is to direct my grief into something positive, whether it be writing, fundraising or helping others.

“It would be lovely if we could extend Memories about Mums and share memories of all the loved ones who won’t be with us this Christmas.”

Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898).

The charity’s mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

Current statistics show that 565 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week.

Yorkshire Cancer Research aims to raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.

Visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk for more details, or follow the charity on Facebook or Twitter.