‘Fantastic’ mother inspires sisters to join Forget me Not Walk for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

PROUD sisters will walk in memory of their beloved mother who bravely battled leukaemia for 16 years.

Deborah and Julie Pincham from Rugby are taking part in the annual Forget Me Not Walk later this month to raise money for the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The sisters, along with a group of friends and their aunt Wendy Pincham, decided to join in with the fundraiser in memory of their mum Maureen who died in February this year at the age of 59.

Maureen, who lived in Hillmorton with husband Derrick, battled leukaemia for 16 years after first being diagnosed at the age of 44.

Deborah, 39, said: “She battled against it well. She had several relapses and every time there was some new treatment for her to try which is we we’re so supportive of the charity.”

Earlier this year Maureen underwent pioneering treatment but there were complications and she died of pneumonia.

Deborah said: “It was such a shame. She was an absolutely fantastic lady.”

Julie, 34, added: “She was very courageous and inspirational. That’s why we’re doing this - because she was so brave.”

Deborah and Julie, who also have a brother, Mark, will join hundreds of other walkers taking part in the Forget Me Not Walk on September 18 starting at Burnthurst Farm in Princethorpe.

They have so far raised around £1,400 but are hoping for more.

Deborah said: “We will be so proud that we had a mum like her.

“She was so special and brave.”

Event organiser Janet Haynes MBE said: “Maureen was such a lovely person. We need more people like her daughters to do the walk.”

Participants can walk five or three miles. Registration on the day is £10 for adults and £5 for children. Register before Tuesday and pay £7.50 (adults).

Visit www.justgiving.com/julie-pincham or www.justgiving.com/deborah-pincham to donate. To take part in the walk email Janet Haynes at janethaynesllr@btinternet.com.