A Bedford woman is appealing for help with an auction in tribute to her grandparents who have suffered different forms of cancer.
Stephanie Jacobs is organising the charity event at Bedford Rugby Club later this month to raise funds for Cancer Research and Mount Vernon Hospital where her grandmother Pat received treatment.
Stephanie said: “My grandparents would have celebrated their 60th anniversary on October 2 if my grandmother was still here.”
Pat was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and following an operation at The Royal Free Hospital London, was given just a couple of months to live.
Stephanie added: “But nan being the strong person she was had her chemo and undertook a trial drug which she said ‘would help people with the disease in the future’.
“It certainly helped her while she was on it, as did the staff of Mount Vernon Hospital, and latterly the staff and nurses at The Hospice of St Francis at Berkhamsted.
“Nan beat the disease by living another two and a half years, not bad for someone who was diagnosed aged 76. She sadly passed away at home with all her family around her, just as she wanted, in July of this year.”
Pat’s husband John, who is 82, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in July last year and has been receiving advanced treatment.
Stephanie, who lives in Bedford with her partner Paul and two children Freddie, 17 months and Josephine, 5 months, is also starting a part time course at Bedford College.
She added: “My grandmother was such a lovely, warm and kind person who would do anything for anyone.
“I would like to do something in her memory and help other people and their families who are going through what we all went through - and still going through with my grandfather.”
The auction is on Saturday, October 26 at the club, with doors opening at 6.45pm.
Auction items include a signed Man United football, a signed Al Murray picture, DVD and cufflinks, a family ticket to Woburn Safari Park, two tickets for the London River Cruise and much more.
This is a cash only event - no card payments.
A disco will be held afterwards until 11.30pm.
If you can help in any way, or donate to a raffle too, contact Stephanie on 07411 120070.