Fundraiser gives money to King’s Lynn hospital after family’s cancer battle

xxxx_01_Vyvian Carter and her five daughters_Picture. supplied

xxxx_01_Vyvian Carter and her five daughters_Picture. supplied - Credit: Archant

A fundraiser has donated more than £3000 to a west Norfolk hospital after her sister died from cancer and her mother was diagnosed with disease.

Ros Jones, 50, completed the Grunty Fen Half Marathon in September just days before her sister died after a battle with cancer and still took on the challenge of joining in the Great Scottish Run in October to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

'I wanted to do this to show my appreciation for the care my family have received. Had it not have been for the staff and treatment at the hospital I would not have had as much time with my sister as I did, this was so important to us both,' she said.

Ms Jones said her mother Vyvian Carter, of Wisbech, and sister Christine Carpenter had different types of cancers but had their treatment at the same hospital.

'It was pretty devastating, I had never experienced cancer before in my family. It was bad enough for my mother but to be told our sister had cancer was a shock for all of us,' she said.

But Ms Jones, who lives in Scarborough in north Yorshire, said her fundraising helped her to feel positive.

She added: 'At the time I was doing it, it kept me motivated because it's easy to mope around and feel depressed. It gave me great satisfaction I was doing this for my sister particularly.

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'I was really driven by all the people who supported me.'

She vowed to do more in the future to raise funds.

The family attended Ms Carpenter's funeral on October 1 and Ms Jones said she ran with her sister in her thoughts on October 4, achieving her personal best.

Ms Jones donated £3275 - raised through sponsorship - to the Chemotherapy Room Fund at the hospital to say thank you for the care her mother and late sister received.

Mrs Carter said her daughter - who was one of five - was an 'incredible support'.

She said: 'It has been absolutely amazing she has done so much hard work and she has raised such an astonishing amount of money. She was quite remarkable.

'I think it's bought us altogether, we were quite a close family anyway but everybody is just amazed at the amount she has raised.

'You always have to be positive,' she added.

Ms Jones was joined by members of her family to present a cheque to staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.