Hope for Emily

By Mark Elson in Local People

A MOTHER and daughter from Newnham are to star in a BBC Lifeline appeal for local charity Hope Support Services this Sunday (April 16).

Emily and Sarah Radnedge are taking part in the appeal because 17-year-old Emily has been receiving support from the charity since her mum Sarah was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. The family has since learnt that the disease is terminal.

Hope supports young people, aged 11 and over, when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness such as cancer.

Emily said: “I first found out that my mum has a form of cancer when I was 14 and it turned my world upside down.

“I used to get stressed out about everything. I was having a lot of time off lessons. I basically just started giving up and my student mentor referred me to Hope. I got involved with them and everything started going up from there.”

The charity has supported young people across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire for the last seven years, and recently launched a national online service to reach more young people across the UK.

“When the time comes and I do die, knowing that Emily will have support is one of the most important things to me,” added Sarah. “As a parent it’s your natural instinct to protect your child. I know that somebody will be there in my place, which is a great, great comfort.”

Channel 5 news presenter, Sian Williams, will host the appeal after being diagnosed with cancer herself just over two years ago.

Sian said: “A health crisis affects everyone in the family; having Hope Support Services there to help young people if they’re struggling to cope can really make a difference, both to parents and their children.”

For more information about Hope Support Services, visit www.hopesupport.org.uk or phone 01989 566317. To find out more about the appeal, visit www.bbc.co.uk/lifeline

Tune in to the appeal on BBC One at 4.50pm on Sunday.

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