Thousands raised by St Ives mum battling terminal illness

Sophie Morris, with her children from left, Cian and Rhea Smythers. Sophie Morris, with her children from left, Cian and Rhea Smythers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
9:00 AM

Mother of three Sophie Morris is a remarkable woman.

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In October, doctors gave her 15 months to live.

Ten months into that precious and painfully small time frame, the 34-year-old, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour, has raised more than £13,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity.

It’s an astonishing ­achievement for someone whose world was turned upside down after the birth of her third child, Fynn, last year.

A complaint about double vision led to a trip to Specsavers in her home town of St Ives ... and that, in turn, led to surgery and a diagnosis that the tumour was the most aggressive type, and terminal.

Sophie, who lives in Whitecross with partner Gavin Smythers, told The Hunts Post: “I had been having a couple of symptoms but I ignored it as I had just had a baby and I needed to look after the family.

“I actually went to Specsavers as I was having double vision. It all happened so quickly – before I knew it, I was having treatment but they couldn’t tell me what it was at that stage.

“I was just having to go with it as, within a week, they put me into surgery. It’s been hard just getting on with it really.

“My partner went back to work but my mum came off work so she could help me and she comes here every day. She was the manager for M&Co for 20 years.”

Sophie’s other children Cian, six, and four-year-old Rhea only know their mum has something inside her head.

“They know that I am poorly but I don’t know how much they ­understand,” she said. “They just know that I have something in my head.”

Sophie, who worked at St Ives Nursery before she was diagnosed, said after receiving all kinds of help for the tumour, she is currently not getting any treatment.

“The prognosis they gave me was 15 months in October, but they did say it could come back very quickly or get worse.

“There’s no more treatment out there for me now.

“I had the operation to try to remove it, and I had some ­chemotherapy blocks in my head and then six weeks after that I had ­radiotherapy – that was for six weeks every day. At the moment, I am not on any treatment.”

Supported by her family and friends – including parents Jenny and Robert Morris – Sophie hosted a fashion show at Slepe Hall Hotel last month where they modelled clothes from M&Co in St Ives.

The evening was attended by 250 people and raised £6,537 for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Jenny Morris said: “The maximum capacity for the room was 250 people but it was absolutely packed and it was all for Sophie.

“It was also to raise awareness of the Brain Tumour Charity as it is a charity that does not get as much funding as others.”

Her father-in-law, Kenneth Smythers, also got involved with fundraising, cycling from London to Cambridge to raise money for the charity.

Sophie, whose birthday was last week, said she was taking a break from fundraising but plans were being discussed to raise more money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

She said: “I think the charity work has helped as you are focused on it and you are doing something good.

“I am one of those people who, if they break down, I will continue to feel quite low. I just feel very lucky to have a lovely family and really good friends.”

You can still donate to Sophie’s fundraising efforts by visiting www.justgiving.com/sophie-morris7.

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