‘It is important we do this to raise awareness’

From left, Charlotte Saunders, Elle Brown, Zoe Adey, Daniel Adey and Maddie Stoneman. Picture: Malcolm Wells (150415-5279)
From left, Charlotte Saunders, Elle Brown, Zoe Adey, Daniel Adey and Maddie Stoneman. Picture: Malcolm Wells (150415-5279)

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AS SHE approaches the anniversary of her mum’s death, a daughter has decided to raise money for charity.

Zoe Adey lost mum Helen 11 months ago after a three-and-a-half-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Helen and Steve Adey and with Zoe and brother Daniel

Helen and Steve Adey and with Zoe and brother Daniel

Now the 16-year-old has decided to fundraise for Ovacome, a charity that offers support and advice to people with the disease.

Zoe said: ‘It’s important that we do this to raise awareness of Ovacome and of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

‘My mum was supported by Ovacome as she could read other stories of women going through the same thing and know she wasn’t alone.

‘I want to give something back.’

According to the family, Helen was a big fundraiser and would have been proud of Zoe’s efforts.

Zoe said: ‘It’s important to keep my mum’s memory alive and she would think it is worth it if one woman gets checked out.’

Teaming up with her friends and her brother Daniel, Zoe will bag-pack at local supermarkets to get the ball rolling in her fundraising mission.

Her dad Steve said: ‘It was initially my idea to do the bag-packing, as I thought it would be something that the girls would be able to set up easily.’

Sainsbury’s in Farlington, Portsmouth, has allowed Zoe and her friends to pack bags at the store on Sunday.

‘We wanted to do this as we will be able to communicate with people well and it will get lots of people involved,’ added Zoe.

She has approached a number of other supermarkets but only one has so far expressed interest.

After the bag-packing Zoe has her sights on the next challenge – a bike ride from London to The Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville.

‘My mum spent her last few weeks in The Rowans and they made her feel comfortable,’ said Zoe.

Steve added: ‘By doing this it has helped Zoe keep her mind occupied.’