Brave Sheffield mum battling brain tumour organises fundraising event

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A brave Sheffield woman battling a brain tumour has helped organise a fundraising day to help others fighting the condition.

Samantha Marper, aged 30,from Heeley, was first diagnosed with a tumour in 2009 and has undergone surgery and fought infections of the brain.

This month the mum-of-three discovered that her tumour is now malignant and incurable.

She is due to begin radiotherapy next month in a bid to halt its growth.

The NHS support worker, her husband Simon and three children Benjamin, 13, Joshua, eight and Jessica, five, are hosting an event The Brothers Arms in Heeley tomorrow to raise cash for the Braintrust charity, which supports brain tumour patients and their friends and relatives.

There will be a raffle, bouncy castle, face painting, cake stalls and balloon modelling from noon.

Samantha said: “It was a shock to find out the tumour is now malignant, so this event has kept us busy, It hasn’t really sunk in yet.

“When they first told me I was emotional but I just keep going. The children are so young so I have to be strong for them.

“There are days when I feel fed up and have no energy but I do my best and it has been lovely planning the fundraising and awareness event as a family so that we can help others.“

Pete Burchill, from Brainstrust, said: “What Simon and Samantha have organised is amazing, especially considering the challenges that they’re facing as a family. It’s charity days like these that help fund vital areas of brainstrust’s support service.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Samantha-Marper