Bunwell village rallies around much-loved mum, Hannah Burns, after pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Hannah Burns from Nature or Nurture Forest School. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Hannah Burns from Nature or Nurture Forest School. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

She is a caring mother and active community member who is fighting the battle of her life against a deadly disease.

And now a sponsored run and walk with a fantastical theme is being planned to support Bunwell resident Hannah Burns as she faces treatment for pancreatic cancer.

The 'Hannah's Army Fairies and Elves Fundraiser' will take place on Sunday, March 19 to raise money for the 35-year-old mum-of-two.

Rachael Seaward, who is helping to organise the event, said: 'We've really come together for this as a community because Hannah is the kind of person who does whatever she can for others. We're hoping it will be a good reason for people to come down and spend some time in the village.'

Ms Seaward said adults and children were encouraged to dress up as fairies, trolls or other characters and get sponsors for every lap of the Bunwell Playing Field they could manage.

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She said: 'We are really hoping people will just keep going. The more laps they run, the more they will raise.'

About four years ago, Ms Burns founded the Nurture by Nature Forest School in Attleborough, which gives children the chance to learn in the great outdoors.

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She had been having chronic pain since September last year and on her birthday, February 6, she was in a hospital bed awaiting the results of an ultrasonic endoscope to determine its cause. She was told her stage-three pancreatic cancer was inoperable and she only had months to live.

The group 'Hannah's Army' was set up to support Ms Burns after the diagnosis. It has raised more than £9,400 of a target of £50,000.

The money could pay for her to travel to Germany for a potentially-lifesaving treatment called Whipple procedure, which is not available in the UK.

Ms Seaward said: 'Please help in whatever way you can to give back to a lady who has given so much to so many.'

Fairy wings will be available to buy at the event, which starts at 1pm and will include a raffle, barbecue and other activities.

Sponsorship forms can be collected from Bunwell Stores in the village, or by emailing rachaelkseaward@gmail.com

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sarah-moulton

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