Gemma Nuttall, died on 14 October 2018, at just 29 years of age after she finally lost her courageous five-year fight with cancer. She left behind many loved ones and friends, including her daughter Penelope, four, mum Helen and stepdad Graeme, dad David, and brother Andrew.
The young mum, whose fight to survive had confounded medics and inspired Hollywood celebrities Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio to lend their support, received the devastating news in August there was nothing more that could be done after cancer returned and spread to her lungs, brain and spine.
Before she died she began to set up the Gemma Rose Foundation, a charity whose aim is to fund - through hospices - specially dedicated counsellors to support young families affected by cancer, as Penelope has been during Gemma’s illness. Its objective was Gemma’s specific request.
In March 2019 I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the foundation. Anybody that knows me well, knows that cardio/long distance is not my forte so this will be a massive challenge for me. Nearly 17 stone to drag up the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the World will be far from easy. That's before taking in to consideration the altitude.
I want to raise as much money as possible so that people like Gemma - young parents who get cancer - can access the money and get help. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.