A martial arts challenge has raised more than £1,700 for Big C, a cause close to young fundraiser Lucy Morgan’s heart.

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For the eight-year-old Holt Primary School pupil’s mum, Nicola, has terminal cancer and the Norfolk-based cancer charity has been a great support to the family since she was diagnosed four years ago.

Nicola, 38, was told she had breast cancer in 2008, but, after undergoing a mastectomy as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she was hopeful the disease had been beaten.

“The hospital was very happy about the way things had gone,” husband Gareth, 42, explained. “Then, in 2010, Nicola found a lump in her neck and we were told it was cancerous.”

She had more radiotherapy and drugs to shrink the cancer, but when she began having seizures, Nicola was sent for even more tests and a scan showed she had developed a brain tumour, which left the family devastated.

Nicola was given more treatment, but it has not helped and she has been told she has now been told she has months, rather than years, to live.

But the family, who live in Holt, are determined to make the most of the time they have left together.

“We are just trying to be as normal as possible and to concentrate on making happy memories,” Nicola said.

She and Gareth have explained Nicola’s illness to daughters Amy and Lucy who, they say, have coped “remarkably well.”

“We decided to keep the children informed every step of the way and they have been great,” Gareth said. “Although of course they can get upset or, sometimes, they go the other way and get very angry.”

Counselling and advice provided by Big C has been a great help to the family, with Nicola and Gareth attending the charity’s drop-in centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Gareth, who works as a taxi driver, helped Lucy raise just over £200 for her karate challenge, held at Sheringham High School, through donations from fellow rabbit enthusiasts.

Lucy was presented with a life-size punchbag for raising the most cash at the event.

“We are very proud of Lucy and Amy,” said Mr Morgan. “And what we want to do now is to make the most of the time we have left.”

karen.bethell@archant.co.uk

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