Brave mum makes family memories

A brave mum given months to live is throwing a party for her family to create lasting memories, as well as raising money for charity.

Mum-of-three Cheryl Jackson, of South Street, Eastwood, will stage the private party at at Langley Mill Welfare Club. She was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer just six weeks ago which has now spread to her kidneys, throat and brain.

The 49-year-old had been feeling unwell for about a year before the diagnosis and kept getting chest infections and headaches.

Doctors found the lung cancer during an X-ray as part of a myeloma scan - a cancer found in the bone marrow, but the cancer had already spread, and two weeks ago she was informed it had reached her brain.

Plucky Cheryl decided she wanted to do something as a family to make memories for her children and eight grandchildren, who have been devastated by the news.

She told the News: “We wanted to take them to the seaside for the day but you can’t predict the weather and I didn’t know how ill I was going to be.

“So we thought, ‘let’s have a party’. We know how it’s done, and it is the chance for everyone to come together for one day and make memories.”

The party will be held on Saturday, July 19, and will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care and Maggies Centre at the Nottingham City Campus .

It will include Cheryl’s biker husband Paul having his long hair shaved off, and male family friends having their legs and armpits waxed.