A MUM who has been told her cancer cannot be cured has raised thousands of pounds to help others suffering from the disease.
In February 2012, Rachel Venables was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs, liver, bones and ovaries.
Doctors have told her the cancer is incurable.
But the grim prognosis has not stopped the inspirational 42-year-old from Flint raising more than £6,000 for charity Awyr Las (Blue Sky), which supports the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre.
Remembering her diagnosis, Rachel said: “That daunting question – ‘How long have I got?’ – revealed they’d never be able to cure me. But hopefully they can contain it for as long as possible.
“The doctors mentioned that another patient undergoing a similar illness had been undergoing treatment for the last 22 years! It gives me a little hope but of course my husband Mark and I were still devastated.”
After undergoing numerous treatments, Rachel decided to do something to repay the people who had looked after her so well.
“Having decided to raise funds, I was trying to think how I could do this,” she said.
“I can’t climb a mountain or take part in a sponsored bike ride so instead I thought I’d set up a Just Giving Page and share my wishes with my friends on Facebook.
“Within minutes, friends were donating money and organising events – even complete strangers have donated. The response has been overwhelming.”
Last Saturday Rachel and her friends organised a golf day at Flint Golf Club, raising £2,530 for the charity.
Rachel’s close friend Ceri Noble set up the event.
“My family and I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for us to help Rachel achieve her goal,” she said.
“Rachel’s a true inspiration and although I can’t imagine what she must be going through physically and physiologically, she always remains strong and determined to kick cancer.“
Rachel added: “What a day and night it was. We had an amazing turn out of people from the community of Flint.
“Throughout the evening there were lots of laughter and clapping and, of course, a lot of fun and merry people.
“As I was leaving, the whole room stood on their feet and gave me a standing ovation.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”
Three of Rachel’s friends – Clair Hughes, Kev Francis and Cheryl Sheady – have also organised a fundraising dinner and dance ball which will take place at the Holiday Inn near Northop on Friday, October, 25.
Tickets for the event sold like hot cakes and were gone within three days of going on sale.
Friend Cheryl said: “Even though Rachel is fighting her own battle she wants to help others.
“I really admire her and she makes me think about how lucky I am in life.
“Rachel is one strong, brave, beautiful lady who I am very proud to call a friend.”
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Venables.