Friends dig deep for brave Gaynor

Five-year-old Imogen Stowe with ther parents Neila and Gaynor Stowe and grandma Dawn McPartland.
Five-year-old Imogen Stowe with ther parents Neila and Gaynor Stowe and grandma Dawn McPartland.

AN INSPIRATIONAL mum battling a terminal brain tumour has put her troubles behind her to raise thousands for charity.

Gaynor Stowe, from Newlands, Sowerby, organised a gig at Sowerby Cricket Club and raised £3,150 for Andrea’s Gift, a leading Yorkshire brain tumour charity and the Forget Me Not Trust.

Comedian Johnnie Casson took to the stage and Gaynor’s mum Dawn performed under her stage name of Julie Dee.

The 160 generous guests dug deep, taking part in the auction, with one family clubbing together bidding £1,200 for a week on the Irish coast, donated by Michael Kneavsey after reading about Gaynor’s battle in the Courier.

“It was just astounding,” said Gaynor.

“It was bigger than we expected and I just couldn’t believe how fantastic it was,” she said.

She said their list of thanks was huge, from family and friends to her mum’s neighbours at Flowerbank, the list goes on.

“Everybody who donated from businesses, people and the staff at the cricket club, they were all fantastic.”

Gaynor’s illness began 11 years ago when she suffered a string of seizures.

The first came on a fairground ride at Blackpool, another after she fell into icy water and a third when swimming.

A few months later she was told by doctors she had a benign tumour and needed MRI scans every few months for eight years.

After marrying husband Neil and the birth of daughter Imogen, she began having severe headaches and a scan revealed a tumour the size of a child’s hand.

Three years ago Gaynor was told the benign brain tumour had turned to cancer.

She was told she had between two and four years to live, but has refused to let the disease beat her.

The ambitious mother-daughter pair are already planning their next event, which they hope will be bigger and raise more money for their chosen charities.