A CARING aunt is organising a funday to help a charity that has supported her niece who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Lisa Davey, 31, is hosting a family funday this summer in aid of the Clic Sargent charity, which provides support for children and young people with cancer and their families.
The organisation has helped Lisa’s niece, Amanda Curtis, since she was diagnosed with leukaemia aged just 21 in October 2010.
Sadly, doctors told Amanda, who grew up in Horden, just before Christmas that her condition is terminal and she only had three months to live.
Amanda, a former Dene House School pupil who is married to Tony and is mum to Aiden, five, was admitted to hospital last week after her condition worsened, but her family say she has started to improve over the past few days.
Amanda’s aunt Lisa, from Easington Colliery, said Clic Sargent had helped provide cash support for Lisa, due to her young age, and added: “Raising money for Leukaemia Research is really important to me and my family as our niece is battling this awful disease.
“The help and support these charities provide is very important to people and their families.”
Lisa, who is married to John, 48, and mum to Jordan, 12, and three-year-old Summer, hailed the courage of Amanda, 23, who now lives in Stanley, County Durham.
Lisa, whose sister-in-law Karen Elliott is Amanda’s mum, said: “Amanda is a strong person, she never complains, she just gets on with things.
“I’m very proud of her and she has a great husband who supports her and her family a great deal.”
Lisa, whose mum Ann Williams is helping to organise the day, is appealing for anyone who can help make the event a success by donating tombola prizes, by possibly running an ice cream van or burger van on the day or being able to help in any other ways.
The funday will be held on Tuesday, August 14 at Easington Social Welfare Centre, in Seaside Lane, in Easington Colliery.
Highlights will include stalls, bouncy castles, a children’s entertainer, and face-painting.
Anyone who can help with the event can call Lisa on 07407 769624.