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Mother’s pride over trampoline fundraiser for hospice
A SCHOOLGIRL whose aunt lost her battle to cancer before she was born is planning to hold a charity trampoline bounce for the hospice that cared for her.
Eight-year-old Jessica Cox, cousin to former Commonwealth Games gold medal boxer Jamie Cox, suggested the idea after mum Samantha explained how cancer had affected their family at a Macmillan Coffee Morning last month.
Samantha, a 45-year-old part-time hairdresser who volunteers at The Shop in Cavendish Square, was Wiltshire Champion on the trampolining circuit as a child and was overwhelmed when her daughter suggested the plan.
She said: “I explained to Jessica we lost her auntie Teresa to bowel and ovarian cancer and other members of our family have battled cancer and survived.
“I was overwhelmed and touched that my daughter, at such a young age, expressed a wish to raise money for the Prospect Hospice by doing a sponsored bounce, charging her friends to have a go.
“The money we raise will be donated to the Prospect Hospice in Wroughton where the volunteers work hard around the clock.”
Samantha was particularly touched at her daughter’s suggestion because of what her family have been through.
Her sister Teresa Fisher-Cox and her mother were both diagnosed with cancer ten years ago, and although her mother survived, Teresa lost her battle at the age of 46 after spending eight months in the Wroughton-based hospice.
Then in 2011, Samantha also lost her brother, Tony Cox, who was found dead in a West Swindon stream.
She said: “At the moment we don’t have anything, and everybody all over the country is going through a really hard time.
“But to me giving is receiving. Giving to others is hugely rewarding, especially when you have so little to give. Anything you can give counts.
“As her mum I am extremely proud that she wants to make a difference so I am supporting her 100 per cent.”
Samantha will also be taking part in the event which takes place on October 27.
There will also be a halloween theme, with Jessica and her friends dressing up for the occasion.
Samantha, who used to work as a private caring nurse, spent many of her sister’s last days supporting the staff in Prospect Hospice with her care.
She said: “They nursed my sister through her final days. I used to change her colostomy bag. I was amazed at how hard they work there.”
People can help Jessica with her cause by donating on her Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/Samantha-Cox6