AN inspirational Clent woman fighting back against an incurable cancer diagnosis is determined to raise around £125,000 for a charity which helps people facing similar battles.

Mum-of-two Deb Gascoyne was given the devastating news that she had myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow, at the age of just 34 and she was given a life expectancy of two to five years.

Now, eight years on, after undergoing successful chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, she is working tirelessly to raise money for Myeloma UK which funds research into a cure for the deadly disease.

To date, she has raised more than £100,000 - having taken a team to walk the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, organised a large ball a year after her stem cell transplant and having taken part in an array of other challenges in the run-up to her 40th birthday.

But she's not stopping there.

Gutsy Deb, now 42, who has been in remission for the last six years, said: "I had no control over what was happening with the cancer.

"This was something I could focus on and control - it was my way of being able to get on with stuff and be successful. Since I started I just got the bug and I've just carried on.

"I am really determined to reach the £125,000 mark, ideally before my myeloma returns and I need new treatment."

Originally from Buckinghamshire, Deb - who used to work in HR or a large bank - moved to the Midlands in 2015 and she said: "I decided it was important to raise awareness in this area in the same way as I did down in Buckinghamshire.

"Myeloma UK works massively hard to fund research into a cure, whilst also supporting patients, carers and families while they live with their diagnosis."

Deb's latest fundraising event for the charity will be a food and wine pairing event at Hogarths Stone Manor, Worcestershire, which she's organised with the help of wine merchants Nickolls & Perks in Stourbridge.

The event, called The Perfect Pair, will take place on April 22 and Deb - who has focussed on corporate and community fundraising since her illness - hopes it will raise well over £5,000 for Myeloma UK.

She added: "Ideally I'll be raising the target to £10,000."

The bash, for 120 people, will include a silent auction featuring top class prizes including two VIP tickets to the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, a balloon flight, a Tiffany clock, afternoon tea, a spa day at Bannatyne Health Club, wine tasting session at Nickolls & Perks and a seven-decade tasting experience at Glenfarclas distillery in Scotland for two people plus dinner and bed and breakfast in a hotel.

Tim Robbins, marketing and events manager at Nickolls & Perks, said: "To put this in context, you can’t buy a seven-decade tasting from Glenfarclas; this is a very special offer and has already generated a lot of interest – I expect the winning bid to be well over £1,000."

Tickets for The Perfect Pair event are available online from or by emailing

To find out more about Myeloma UK go to and to read more about Deb's journey check out her blog