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Bridlington friends fundraise for cancer patient

Group of friends who are raising money for Amy Jackson.

Group of friends who are raising money for Amy Jackson.

 

A Bridlington woman with terminal cancer is a step closer to her dream wedding thanks to the fundraising efforts of friends and family.

Amy Jackson, 26, who grew up in Bridlington, was told earlier this month that her cancer had become terminal.

Her only wish before she dies is to marry her childhood sweetheart, Tom Lynch, and the couple have set 20 September as the date for their special day.

The couple, who first met 11 years ago, have only been able to make their wedding plans after friends and family set up a fundraising page to raise money for the big day.

Lisa Pattern, 26, is Amy’s friend and she came up with the idea of an online fundraising page to help her achieve her dream wedding.

She said: “She still wants to be Amy Jackson when she walks down the aisle so she wants to be married as soon as she can.”

A team of Amy’s friends have organised a fun day event on Sunday 3 August at the Half Moon Pub in Bridlington from noon, which Amy is hoping to attend.

Amy’s friend Paula Jewitt is the sister of the owner of the pub on Prospect Street, Phil Jewitt.

Local businesses are offering their services free of charge including a bouncy castle and candy floss maker as well as donating prizes for the tombola and raffle.

The day will have a barbecue, children’s entertainment and a DJ also with proceeds going into the pot for Amy’s dream wedding.

Half Moon Pub leasee Nina Pickering, 27, said: “It is going to be a brilliant day. All families are welcome to the event and we will try and accommodate as many people as possible with the help of the beer garden. The amount of support from everyone has been amazing and we hope to make sure we raise as much money as we can to give Amy the wedding she deserves.”

Amy was diagnosed with cancer of the heart on her 26th birthday in January. Since then it has spread to her liver, lungs and ovaries while also having tumours in her mouth. She is receiving treatment from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.

Amy has chosen to have chemotherapy to prolong her life with doctors estimating she has up to a year to live with the treatment.

She grew up on Gypsey Road in Bridlington with her family and went to Bridlington School.

Amy’s grandma, Carol Jackson, was Amy’s primary carer in her last years in the East Riding. She said: “Me and Amy are really close. It is a terrible situation but Amy is still the same way she always has been, putting everyone and everything else first ahead of herself.”

The page has currently raised £1,045 with an overall target of £5,000 hoping to be reached to give Amy and Tom the best day possible.

The couple, who now live in Bolton, Lancashire, will have the ceremony at Bolton Register Office.

Amy’s sister Hayley Gates, 25, grew up in Bridlington and now lives in Beverley. She said: “We are all overwhelmed with how the people of Bridlington have come together to support Amy. You hear about these things happening all the time but you never expect it to happen to someone you’re close to, especially someone as young as Amy. Despite her illness she always tries to make the best out of things and is full of life.”

If you would like to donate to help Amy’s wish come true then go online to www.gofundme.com/bsw8s4.

 

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