Chapman family from Brampton, near Aylsham, fund-raise in memory of much-loved “Cass”
'Team Brampton' is preparing to get in the saddle and get out the mixing bowl to remember a much-loved and missed daughter, sister and mum who died 10 years ago next month from cancer, aged 34.
Members of the Chapman family want to raise as much cash as possible for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in memory of Carolyn, 'Cass', who lost a five-year battle on June 11 2002, leaving a six-year-old daughter, Bethan.
Kathie Chapman will be doing her bit in memory of Cass, the youngest of her four children, with a coffee morning, cake and crafts stalls, and raffle at her Brampton home, near Aylsham, on May 26.
'She was determined, feisty, infuriating – and full of fun,' said Mrs Chapman.
Cass's sister and brother, Jules and David, will be among other family members and friends from Jules' home in another Brampton, Northamptonshire, who will be pedalling from London to Cambridge for the charity on Cass's birthday, July 22.
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Mrs Chapman, her husband Phillip, a retired Aylsham GP, and Jules all cared for Cass during her dying days in Florida, where she had made her home.
The former Buxton Primary and Notre Dame, Norwich, schoolgirl had endured treatments including a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a stem-cell transplant.
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'She was amazing. She didn't want any fuss – didn't want us to talk about it. She was very brave and courageous,' remembered Mrs Chapman, a talented writer who has pledged to turn a diary she kept for the last three years of Cass's life into a book.
In December 2000 Mrs Chapman also wrote a nativity, dedicated to her sick daughter, which was performed at Buxton Church. Proceeds were shared between a breast-cancer charity and the church. And after Cass's death she bravely read a monologue live on BBC Radio Norfolk, written in the voice of Bethan and based on hearing her little granddaughter talk about her mother's illness and death.
A decade on Dr and Mrs Chapman still miss Cass daily. 'You never come to terms with it. You live with it,' said Mrs Chapman. 'Just dusting her photograph can make the tears flow.'
? To support Team Brampton visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/juleswilliams Microsoft has pledged to double whatever the team raises.
Mrs Chapman's coffee morning is at Piper's Moon, The Street, Brampton NR10 5AA on May 26 from 10am-noon. Cake and raffle prize donations welcome on the day.