A TERMINALLY ill cancer sufferer has smashed her target to raise £50,000 to fund a medical researcher.
Tash Fermor has been tirelessly fund-raising for Cancer Research UK since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.
And after a year of organising charity skydives, walks, marathons, quizzes, and most recently a summer ball in Stratford, she has managed to smash her target by an extra £9,000.
The 42-year-old from Coventry, who created charity ‘Tash’s Bashes’ said: “Our ball was a roaring success, exceeding all expectations. Dressed in their finest, everyone had a great time and were incredibly generous donating and bidding on prizes. I am so grateful for all of the support we’ve received and I’m thrilled that together we smashed our £50,000 target. A year ago that seemed impossible, it just goes to show what a great team and incredible supporters can do together. Big thank you everyone, one day this research will be saving lives.”
Tash hopes the money will fund a researcher for a year to look specifically at tackling secondary breast cancer.
Being diagnosed with cancer was a double blow for Tash, who just weeks before lost her baby.
She told the Observer: “My perfect world fell apart. Following complications during childbirth our gorgeous little boy Lucas died at just two-days-old. That was tough but it got worse. Two weeks after his death and following a mammogram I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“It cannot be cured but it can be contained, sometimes for years. It is secondary cancer that kills, but I’m hoping that sometime soon clever doctors will discover something that keeps me here.”
Visit www.tashsbashes.co.uk to find out more about the charity.