A mum who was diagnosed with a terminal brain condition continues to be the inspiration for fundraising which has now totalled more than £22,000.
Sophie Morris, of Whitecross, St Ives, was told she had an inoperable tumour in October 2013 and given 15 months to live.
Having exhausted all treatment options, the 36-year-old mum-of-three says she takes every day as it comes. “Unfortunately the prognosis is not very good,” she said. “But having three children, you have to get on with it.”
A major boost has also been provided by an army of friends and family who have taken part in numerous fundraising activities in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.
“Before Christmas, we were trying to reach £20,000 and people just started to donate cash,” said Sophie. “It’s been brilliant. It keeps me going really.”
Events have included a London to Cambridge bike ride by Sophie’s partner Gavin Smythers’ dad, Kenneth, a 10k run, auctions, a fashion show, dress down days and a ball in St Ives.
And the fundraising continues. On Friday, March 6, Sophie will be joining in with Bandanas for Brain Tumours 2015. Part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month, the event encourages people to wear a bandana for the day.
A number of St Ives schools are taking part, including Eastfield Infants, Westfield Juniors and St Ives Nursery.
There will also be a special assembly at Ashbeach Primary School, Ramsey St Mary’s, where Sophie’s friend Sophie Mosley, a teacher at the school, will be having her hair shaved off.
Sophie, whose children are Fynn, one, Rhea, five, and Cian, seven, said she never dreamed of raising so much money.
“Thanks to everyone - friends, family and even people I don’t know very well have been extremely supportive,” she added. “Without those people we would never have achieved what we have.”