Amanda Coppins Legacy
A terminally ill breast cancer patient has launched a fundraising campaign to create a lasting legacy for her nine-year-old daughter.
Just a week after being told her cancer was terminal, Amanda Coppins has instigated an appeal for West Suffolk Hospital's Ward G1.
Amanda, 44, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, said she wanted to make a difference while also setting the right example for her daughter Grace.
She explained: "I want my beautiful daughter Grace to realise that you can achieve things no matter what - to be proud of what her mum achieved in the end.
"Despite what I have been told, I want to still have fun and I want people to smile when they remember me after I am gone.
"Everyone thinks it is not going to be them but I hope what has happened to me will also raise awareness. It wasn't genetic, I didn't smoke. For me it was about having the wrong diet and not looking after myself as I was depressed.
"I don't think people realise that putting on weight can increase the risk of getting breast cancer - you must look after yourself.
Amanda, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last May, paid a very special tribute to the staff at Ward G1 adding: "The staff at the Hospital have been like a family to me, from the moment I was diagnosed with breast cancer until now.
"I never felt like a patient. I have a laugh and a giggle with the nurses and I just want to say thank you and fundraise for an important piece of equipment."
In addition to raising almost £500 already from donations, Amanda is also organising
a music evening - entitled 'Three Steps to Heaven' and has received support from former work colleagues at Howdens Joinery.
The music evening will take place on Friday 11 July at Moreton Hall Community Centre. Tickets are priced £5 and are available on the night with an auction and raffle also taking place.
To support Amanda's campaign, please visit www.justgiving.com/amandacoppins. Or if you would like to donate a raffle prize for the music evening, please call hospital Fundraising Manager Dave Gooderham on 01284 712952.