The memory of a loving mum has inspired a fundraising fancy dress walk through Leeds to mark Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Leeds Beckett University student Gift Angela Hamisi is trying to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Action charity by guiding a group from Roundhay Park to Hyde Park on Saturday from 1pm.
The 21-year-old, who lives in Roundhay, was inspired to organise the event after her mum, Maua Anthony Mpankuli, passed away from the disease at the age of just 50 in 2013.
The fundraising walk is the latest in a series of fundraisers Gift is taking part in. She will tackle the Leeds Half Marathon in May before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September.
She said: “When my mum was diagnosed the doctor said most women get diagnosed at a late stage and don’t know the symptoms.
“My mum’s was not a long illness, it was only about a year. It really inspired me to make sure more people were aware of it.”
So far around 20 people have agreed to take part in the event including Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton. All those who take part are asked to donate to Ovarian Cancer Action.
The event has been organised for the charity’s ‘Walk in Her Name’ series this month. To register to take part in the walk, which will be followed by a quiz and drinks, text 07880 313364.
Gift added: “For my mum the cancer was caught at an advanced stage, and if she knew the symptoms maybe she would have seen them earlier and might be alive today.”
Around 7,100 UK women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Symptoms include persistent bloating and pain in the pelvis. Visit www.ovarian.org.uk for details.