Mum diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy urges others to consider making a charitable donation in their will

Janine Edgar with son Jonty

Janine Edgar with son Jonty - Credit: Archant

A mum from Hadleigh is backing a Cancer Research UK campaign asking more people to remember the charity in their wills.

Janine Edgar

Janine Edgar - Credit: Archant

Janine Edgar was told she had a tumour in her bladder after it was picked up during a routine pregnancy scan in 2006.

Fortunately the discovery helped her get successful treatment, with no ill-effects on son Jonty who was born in February the following year.

Ms Edgar had an operation to remove the tumour two weeks after her son was born.

“After having the scan they took me and my husband Chris into a side room where a registrar and consultant met us,” she said. “They immediately dismissed our fears that anything was wrong with Jonty but, unfortunately, the radiologist had found a tumour in my bladder wall.”

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Now the 35-year-old from Hadleigh is supporting a new awareness campaign from Cancer Research UK highlighting the power of legacy giving in saving lives.

“By leaving a gift in their will – no matter how big or small the donation – people in Ipswich can give many more families like mine the incredible gift of hope,” she said.

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Gifts in wills fund more than a third of Cancer Research UK’s work. Last year 80 people in Suffolk helped write an end to cancer by leaving legacy gifts to the charity which raised more than £1.8 million for vital research.

Danielle Glavin, spokeswoman for the charity, said: “We’re calling on people across East Anglia to consider including a legacy gift for Cancer Research UK in their will and help us write an end to cancer.”

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