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Staffordshire woman reaches fund raising goal in memory of her husband

Lesley Goodburn

Leslie Goodburn has spent five years raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK after her husband Seth died from the disease.

Seth Goodburn died just 33 days after being diagnosed.

Before his death Lesley promised him she would do all she could to make people more aware of the symptoms of the disease.

She pledged to raise £49,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK - £1,000 for each year of Seth's life, a target she's now happy to report she's more than met thanks to the support of friends, family and others who have been touched by the deadly disease.

Lesley took part in a number of challenges as part of her drive to reach her goal, including walking the Great Wall of China (which she had planned to do with Seth before he passed away), making pottery with Emma Bridgwater, and arranged for both the Regent Theatre in Hanley and Stafford Castle to be lit up in purple in Seth's memory.

Lesley also arranged for her friends and colleagues to take part in a Flash Mob to some of Seth's favourite songs in the atrium at the Royal Stoke hospital to raise awareness.

She has also been working hard to insure more is done in the area of palliative care, and founded the Staffordshire Pancreatic Cancer Support Group supported by local nurses and clinicians and has helped with training local GPs on the signs and symptoms on pancreatic cancer.

After a hectic five years of fundraising Lesley says she now wants to take a step back and concentrate more on the support and awareness side of fighting Pancreatic Cancer.

Lesley said: "There's so many people I'd like to thank, but there's a core group of friends who've always been there supporting me.

"There's Sandra, Vicky, Gail, Anne-Marie, and Maria, who work the charity fundraisers, who have just been there parcelling up parcels, arranging balls, asking people for donations and prizes and they've just always been there.

"But there has been literally hundreds of people who have been so generous with their time, with their donations and with their efforts.

"It feels very much like a social movement."

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