Evesham woman takes on fundraising campaign in memory of her parents

Ellie Selby (right) with friend Tina Cattermole, who is running the dog show with her, as they pick up their certificate last year for raising money for Cancer Research Relay for Life.

Ellie Selby (right) with friend Tina Cattermole, who is running the dog show with her, as they pick up their certificate last year for raising money for Cancer Research Relay for Life.

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AN Evesham woman who has lost both her mum and dad to cancer is raising money this summer by taking part in a series of events in their memory.

Ellie Selby, of West Street in Evesham, will be running in the town's first ever Twilight Walk and in the Relay For Life this summer in support of Cancer Research UK.

But the 40-year-old isn't stopping there and this weekend she is holding a range of fundraising events for her Relay For Life team, called Let's Beat It.

On Sunday, May 11, at Hampton Ferry, Boat Lane, Merstow Green, there will be a car boot sale from noon until 4pm and from 1pm there will be a charity dog show, all in memory of her family.

"The reason for me taking part in relay is in memory of one of Evesham's former beloved Mayors and my dad Steve Selby who lost his battle with kidney cancer in 2008. At the same time my uncle had mouth cancer. Then in 2010 my mum, Jacqui Selby, to breast cancer. My nan also died of breast cancer.

"I have three sisters one of them is going through it at the moment, with Kidney cancer. So it's definitely in my family.

"Dad did a lot of charity work for this town and was a well known figure in the community he loved Evesham and is still sadly missed.

"I have done a few things before to fundraise and last year I did the Relay for the first time. Our team raised £3,500, which we were pleased with as a novice team.

"The event really makes you think about those you have lost and those who have beat cancer.

So far this year Miss Selby's team has already raised over their £1,500 target and are hoping to make £3,000.

To add to the amount raised Miss Selby decided to team up with her friend Tina Cattermole, who also lost her mum to cancer in 2010, to run a dog show.

"This made us even more determined," added Miss Selby. "It should be a great event and hopefully will raise a few hundred pounds for Cancer Research UK."

The dog show events will cost just £1 to enter and it will be £5 per car boot.

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