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Cancer Patient Puts Best Foot Forward

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A mother of three from Newark, who has an extremely rare form of cancer, will be putting her best foot forward when she takes part in a sponsored walk later this month.

Georgina Tagg is one of hundreds of people who have signed up to do the Forget-me-not Sleepwalk on 25th October organised by Beaumond House Community Hospice in Newark and sponsored by solicitors Andrew & Co.

The 47-year-old, who lives on Cherry Holt, was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei in 2012, and was only given until June 2013 to live.

However Georgina was determined to fight the disease and started doing her own research. She found out about a specialist treatment centre at the Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust and had a life-changing operation to remove 95% of her tumour.

“I still have cancer,” explained Georgina, “and while it is incurable my prognosis is a lot more positive. Because of the size of the tumour my abdomen was extremely swollen and my mobility was impaired but now I can walk again and my quality of life has improved enormously.”

A keen fundraiser, Georgina completed 13 miles of a sponsored Newark to Nottingham walk organised by Marshalls of Sutton on Trent, where her husband Kenneth works,  personally raising over £550.

She also organised a charity auction ball in 2013 raising £10,600 for two cancer charities.

“I’ve been going to Beaumond House every Friday for the last 18 months and I absolutely love it,” said Georgina, who has three children aged 18, 22 and 25. She also has three grandchildren aged five months, two and four.

“It’s a fabulous place and I’ve made loads of friends. The staff are amazing and care so much about the patients. Regardless of whether I’ve had a good or a bad week, you know when you get there you’ll be in good company.

“One of the first things I noticed about it was that it’s not clinical in any way – it’s like being at home. It is so much nicer than I expected.”

Fundraising and Marketing Manager Cathy Lowe said she’s delighted Georgina is supporting their annual Sleepwalk and is appealing for more people to register.

“I really admire Georgina as she has a really positive outlook on life and despite her illness she continues to raise money by organising or taking part in charitable events. I hope more people will follow her example and join us on our annual one-mile walk around Newark’s historic Market Place.

“Last year over 300 walkers took part but this year we’re aiming for a record attendance. We welcome entries from individuals and teams – all we ask is that you raise as much money as possible!”

The event, which is in its seventh year, is sponsored by Andrew & Co Solicitors which has two offices, one on Kirkgate in Newark and another in Lincoln.

Partner Philip Armitage said the firm was only too pleased to offer its support to the hospice: “Beaumond House offers vital care and support to seriously ill people and their families and the staff all do an incredible job.

“It offers a much-needed service to the people of Newark and the surrounding villages which is why Andrew & Co is so keen to support the work that it does in whatever way we can, as we do with many charities.”

As well as sponsoring the event, staff at the company will also be taking part.

Registration costs just £5 and walkers are invited to wear their best nightwear. There will be entertainment and stalls in the market place from 6pm and the walk will start at 7.30pm. The evening will culminate in a bedtime story and drink in the town hall.

For more information about the Forget-me-not Sleepwalk visit www.beaumondhouse.co.uk or call 01636 610556.

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