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Wednesday, 08 July 2015

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Family raise funds in memory of Maryport woman Clare

A Maryport woman’s determination to make the most of life has been continued by her family after her death.

Clare Lumby family

Clare Lumby, 45, of Christian Street, died last month after the return of cancer which she had fought off 14 years ago.

The mother-of-two had decided to take part in a charity event for Cancer Research but died shortly before it happened.

She was going to be joined by her mum Mary Moore and sisters Michelle Wood, Julie Paterson and Katie Moore.

Instead, her mother and sisters tackled the Pretty Muddy obstacle course in Newcastle, part of the annual Race for Life, in her honour and raised £1,600.

Mrs Moore, of Craika Road, Dearham, said her daughter was determined to take part, despite knowing the cancer had returned.

She added: “We have kept Clare’s Just Giving website page open and hope we can raise even more and that her friends continue to raise money in her name.”

Mrs Lumby had posted on her Just Giving website page: “Over the past 14 years I have experienced the devastating effects of this hideous disease.

“I have seen the ugly side of cancer but I’ve also seen the beautiful side.

“The amazing support provided for us through fund-raising such as this is so essential, as it shines light into what can be a dark place.”

Mrs Lumby, a teacher, had also planned to visit Africa with her husband Jon to meet a child who they sponsored. 

She completed teacher training while her sons Kieran and Liam were young and then taught at Distington Community School, Ewanrigg Infant School in Maryport, Blennerhasset and latterly helped at Maryport’s Settlement. 

It was while she was at Distington that she discovered she had breast cancer.

Mrs Moore said: “She had surgery and recovered well. After five years she was given the all clear.”

She raised money for Hospice at Home West Cumbria and was active in the Kings Church at Cockermouth, where she grew up.

The cancer returned in 2011 but by the time she was diagnosed it had spread. Her last three weeks of life were spent in the Loweswater Ward at the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.

Mrs Moore said: “The staff there were absolutely wonderful. We asked for donations to the ward at her funeral, which was at St Mary’s Church in Maryport. We raised over £900.”

Mrs Moore and her husband Jon, who owns a taxi business in Dearham, said raising money for the cancer charity was a fitting tribute.

Mrs Lumby’s Just Giving page can be viewed at www.justgiving. com/bertie-ditches

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