Lorraine Gibbins

Lorraine Gibbins, Christie fundraiser

Lorraine Gibbins and her siblings took part in a year of fundraising events in memory of their mother, Laura Grimshaw.

Laura had recently turned 50 before she sadly died in 2017. To commemorate this milestone Lorraine, her brother Josh and her sister Tara decided to organise and participate in 50 different events and challenges. They did this to raise funds for The Christie charity as a thank you for her care and treatment.

Ranging from physical challenges such as a sky dive and The Christie Tower Run to more personal challenges, such as ‘sugar free month’ and a sponsored silence, Lorraine herself took part in 40 of the 50 events and as a team they managed to raise over £10,000.

She said: “We chose to fundraise for The Christie because they gave us another three years with our mum. After being told she had weeks left, she was offered a trial drug and it gave us more precious time that we were so grateful for. We want to give that opportunity to someone else which is why we decided to raise money.

“My mum made loads of friends in the hospital. She would bring the staff gifts and chocolates at Christmas and make them laugh to show how grateful she was. She was the most generous, selfless person, and through our fundraising, her memory is living on.

“She is our inspiration in everything we do and our motivation through these horrendous events that led us to achieve things we never thought we would do.”

April 2018