Mum gets ready to Zumba in memory of brave Becky, 19

Becky Palmer

Becky Palmer

First published in News

A KINGSWINFORD mum will be remembering her only daughter at a charity Zumbathon this Saturday on what would have been her 21st birthday.

Louise Palmer was left devastated after bubbly 19-year-old Becky died of a brain tumour in December 2010 - less than a year after finding out she had the condition.

Since then the heartbroken mum has thrown herself into fundraising for a variety of cancer and brain tumour charities to help raise awareness of the disease and to help support other families going through similar heart-wrenching situations.

To date she has raised nearly £12,000 for charities including the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Starlight Foundation, Brain Tumour Research and the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.

And to celebrate what would have been a milestone birthday for former Crestwood School and Stourbridge College student Becky, she has helped to organise a charity Zumbathon which will be held this Saturday (August 4).

The pink themed event will be held at The Kingswinford School from 1pm to 4pm in aid of the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust which Louise, from Ragees Road, is now directing her fundraising efforts to.

The 47-year-old specialist epilepsy nurse, who took up Zumba to keep her busy and active after Becky died, said: “I know Becky would have loved Zumba, it would have been right up her street.

“The event is going to be a good distraction for me - it just seemed a good use of what should have been Becky’s 21st birthday to raise some money for charity.”

Zumba instructor Suzanne Richardson added: “The venue we have can easily hold 150 people, we would like to fill it and make it a special day for Louise, instead of the sad day that it will be for her.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the Zumbathon can turn up on the day but must register by 12.15pm. The cost is £5 per person and £2 for children.

To sponsor Louise or make a donation to the Trust visit website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/beckysbirthday

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