A young mum who died when her son was just a year old is being remembered by colleagues where she worked at Morrisons in Castleford who are fundraising for CLIC Sargent.
Jodie Barnaby, 25, died on 29 July 2014 – just months after finding out she had terminal cancer.
Morrisons colleagues at the store on Albion Street held several fundraising events to mark three years since her death, including a sponsored walk, head shave and a fun day in store.
They raised over £1,000 in aid of Morrisons’ charity partner, CLIC Sargent – the UK’s leading charity supporting children and young people with cancer, which supported Jodie after her diagnosis.
After having an ovarian cyst removed in 2012, Jodie quickly fell pregnant. She dismissed back pains as typical pregnancy symptoms, but when they continued after Lewis’ birth, she went for further tests. That was when she found out she had cancer in her lungs, kidneys and lymph nodes.
Jodie’s mum, Gillian Nuth, said: “Lewis was born in June 2013 and she found out in November 2013 that it was terminal. It was the worst news that I have ever heard. Her husband Adam and I were with her at the appointment when she was told. She just asked ‘What do you mean you can’t do anything for me?’. It was heartbreaking. As a mum, it is my job to protect my kids, and there was nothing I could do for Jodie.
“I always think about the things she could be doing if she was here. She should be spending time with Lewis and Adam - seeing Lewis’ first day at school and watching him in the nativity.”
Colleagues at the Castleford store have already raised more than £1,000 for CLIC Sargent, in memory of Jodie. In January this year, 98 per cent of colleagues in the store voted for CLIC Sargent to become Morrisons’ charity partner – a partnership which started in February. Amongst those who celebrated the announcement was Ray Nuth, Jodie’s dad, who also works for Morrisons at the Knottingley branch.
Gillian added: “Ray was over the moon when he found out Morrisons had chosen CLIC Sargent as their charity partner. The charity helped us so much after Jodie was diagnosed and had so much empathy. I don’t know how they do the job they do, because before Jodie was diagnosed I didn’t realise how many young people are affected by cancer.”
Morrisons hope to raise £8m for CLIC Sargent over the three-year partnership, and have already reached the £1m milestone. The money will transform the help CLIC Sargent can give, to provide more vital support to stop cancer destroying young lives.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Gemma Cross said: “Morrisons staff have really engaged with our cause and gone above and beyond to fundraise. We cannot thank them enough for joining our fight for young lives against cancer.”
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To find out more about supporting CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Gemma Cross on 07771 968 129 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.