‘My friends and family have left me humbled’

FAMILY TIES Camilla Dickens with her mum Mandy Dickens from Denmead (112603-7936)
FAMILY TIES Camilla Dickens with her mum Mandy Dickens from Denmead (112603-7936)
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ELLIE Dickens wanted to raise £100 in honour of her sister Camilla, who was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer just after leaving university.

But within weeks her fundraising target was long forgotten, after friends and family donated almost £3,000.

TOGETHER Camilla surrounded by friends and family.  (112603-8102)

TOGETHER Camilla surrounded by friends and family. (112603-8102)

The 19-year-old took part in the Race for Life with her 22-year-old sister and friends and family.

Ellie, of Little Corner, Denmead, said: ‘In the beginning, I didn’t tell Camilla because I didn’t want her to feel like a charity case. But I wanted to do something for her and so did her friends.

‘The support she has been given from everyone has been amazing and in a way that helps us, her family, too.’

Camilla was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in February this year. She recently finished an aggressive course of chemotherapy and is undergoing further tests.

The 22-year-old said she was overwhelmed to find her sister had raised almost £3,000 in sponsorship by taking part in the Race for Life. She said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even know she was doing it because she didn’t tell me to start with. I decided to take part too and this is my first time here.

‘It’s nice to see everyone come together and the fact my friends and family are doing this for me has left me very humbled.’

Walking with Camilla on the day were a group of dedicated friends and family.

Emma Allen, 22, of Creech View, Denmead, said: ‘As soon as we heard Cam had cancer we said we were going to do the Race for Life for her.

‘Because of Cam I have seen the effect cancer has on people and their families so I really wanted to take part.’