Teenager raising money for cancer in her sister’s memory

Children run for cancer victim Natasha Hammerton in 2009. photo by derek martin
Children run for cancer victim Natasha Hammerton in 2009. photo by derek martin

A Millais school pupil, who has helped raise more than £13,000 for Ovarian Cancer Action, is looking forward to her latest event this month.

Bethany Hammerton-Cooke, 14, is organising the Dash 4 Tash, named after her older sister Natasha Hammerton, who was diagnosed with ovarian caner in 2005 and later lost her battle with the disease.

Bethany said: “Those years were extremely hard emotionally, however with my sister’s attitude to putting a stop to this cancer, and her dedication to fundraising, as a family we have managed to open up as many doors as possible and to fund raise as much as we possibly can.

“My older sister Natasha passed away due to ovarian cancer in June 2008, this was truly a rollercoaster of emotions, such an upsetting time but as Natasha saw it, a chance to fund raise and to prevent ovarian cancer.

“My mother, brother, Joe aged 23, and I, have held and organised the same amazing event that she set up The Dash 4 Tash.”

Since Natasha set it up in 2006, more people have taken part and this year 60w are involved in the event on Saturday March 23 from 12 noon at 8 Laurel Walk, Horsham.

Bethany said: “This year we have people ranging from about five years old to 40 years old taking place in the run.

“We hope to carry on bumping up Natasha’s tribute fund total and interest and inspire more people to do their bit for Ovarian Cancer Action, being such a supportive and friendly charity.

“This year we have a raffle, bouncy castle and food. I hope that many people are inspired to make a difference to save lives around the world by raising money to put a stop to ovarian cancer.’’