Brave Bethany starts fund-raising after death of her mum (38)

FUND-RAISING TOGETHER: Bethany and her late mum Katy took part in 2009's Race for Life. (s)
FUND-RAISING TOGETHER: Bethany and her late mum Katy took part in 2009's Race for Life. (s)

A YOUNG girl who lost her mum to breast cancer is embarking on a fund-raising challenge to raise £5,000.

Nine-year-old Bethany Rose, whose mother Katy Rose died of the disease on April 1st aged just 38, will undertake a five kilometre sponsored walk on Mother’s Day.

“I miss my mummy more than anything in the world and I’d like to raise this money for Breast Cancer Care so it can help someone else’s family and mummy,” the Brookside Primary School pupil explained.

Bethany’s fund-raising challenge is being supported by local candle maker Cheryl Hook, who owns Melt at Backridge Farm, Twitter Lane, Waddington. Melt has produced a special candle in memory of Katy, which will be sold in its Backridge Farm shop and hopefully in other retail outlets in Clitheroe.

The “Candle for Katy” fund-raising campaign, will be launched at Melt this Saturday afternoon, March 5th, which would have been Katy’s 39th birthday.

Husband Andy explained that the charity Breast Cancer Care specialises in “campaigning for improvement in standards of support and care for those affected by breast cancer”. He added that he hoped the family’s fund-raising efforts will help the charity continue to provide this crucial support.

An art teacher at Giggleswick School, Katy set up her own business – designs by Katy Rose – following the birth of Bethany.

Well-known locally for her artistic talents, through this business, Katy designed and created personalised canvases and mirrors. She also worked alongside Lizi Botham – television’s Bizi Lizi – on projects and was instrumental in helping set up Unique and Wooden Toys at Backridge, which later became Wish Gifts.

Katy was also vice-chairman of the Friends of Brookside School and helped to organise an event at the school to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Katy was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2006 and, three years later, was rediagnosed with the same condition.

In spite of her failing health, Katy completed the Race for Life for the third time with Bethany in 2009.

To support Bethany in her challenge to raise £5,000, make a donation at