Terminally ill Bury St Edmunds mum nears fund-raising target and will share story at Race for Life

Mark Westley Photography Amanda Coppins with her daughter Grace. ANL-140521-210707009
Mark Westley Photography Amanda Coppins with her daughter Grace. ANL-140521-210707009
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A brave mother who has terminal cancer is close to reaching a fund-raising target to leave a lasting legacy for her daughter - and will share her emotional story at an annual charity event.

Amanda Coppins, of Moreton Hall, Bury, is well on her way towards securing £5,000 for West Suffolk Hospital towards a Nautilus machine, which speeds up the process of placing a line for chemotherapy treatment.

Her JustGiving total stood at £4,070 yesterday with more pledges due. The 44-year-old, who says she is ‘living on borrowed time’ after her breast cancer spread to her lungs and liver, now wants to raise more to pay for a meal for all staff and their families on the hospital’s G1 ward.

Meanwhile, she plans to share her story with thousands of women when she takes to the stage at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in Nowton Park, on June 22.

Amanda hopes her charitable actions will encourage her nine-year-old daughter Grace to ‘do something inspiring’ when she gets older.

She said: “I’m humbled by what people have done for me. It’s just been amazing.”

Amanda took part in last year’s 5k Race for Life with Grace and her mum dressed as an Oompa Loompa.

She said: “I’m living on borrowed time now but I’m looking forward to sharing my story with the women taking part this year because I want Grace to realise that she’s not alone. I went through a really tough period when I had a bad diet and drank too much. I didn’t appreciate what I had and I can’t help wondering if I’d looked after myself more then I might not be in this situation now. That’s the message that I want to get across to people - look after yourself because life is worth living.”

Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer last May and was told she was terminally ill last month.

To donate visit www.justgiving/amandacoppins

To enter Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org or call 08456006050.