Barry woman completes charity skydive in memory of mum
4:02pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A BARRY woman whose mum died of pancreatic cancer just over a month after she was diagnosed has completed a charity skydive in her memory.
Charlotte Brown, 30, said she wanted to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in a bid to help boost survival rates.
Her mum Shirley Bassett was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Valentine’s Day and died on March 23 this year at the age of 62. Pancreatic cancer has a five per cent survival rate of five years or more, with nearly 8,500 people in the UK diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year.
Charlotte, of Highlight Park, has now raised more than £1,400 for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF) after leaping 13,000 feet during a tandem skydive over the Gower coast in Swansea.
“It was an amazing experience and was out of this world,” she said.
Former Bryn Hafren pupil Charlotte said she wanted to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in memory of her mum, and in a bid to help fund research so that it could be diagnosed earlier and prolong lives for longer.
“I feel like my world has been turned upside down since she has gone,” she said.
“It was such a shock that she went so quickly.
“When she was given a prognosis it happened so soon afterwards.”
She added: “I hope my fundraising will make a difference as without funding for research nothing will be done.
“I want to keep raising money for them as they need it.”
Charlotte added about her mum: “She loved her animals, lunching out with her friends and my two little girls.
“Mum had always been a very active person out walking her two dogs and dining out at various pubs and restaurants with her friends. Mum loved to potter around in her garden and give her friends various seedlings which she had planted herself. Mum would do anything for anyone and she is sorely missed by all her family and friends and everyone else who knew her.”
She added: “As mums only daughter I haven't just lost my mum but also my best friend. I did everything with her and saw or spoke to her every day. "She was amazing with my two daughters, who are almost three and ten months, and they both miss her terribly.”
You can still sponsor Charlotte at: http://www.justgiving.com/Charlotte-Bassett1