Mouth Cancer Foundation Ambassadors, Pat and Colin Jones recently attended the birthday party of their niece, Lindsay, who held a fundraiser in aid of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, for her 40th birthday.    For those of you reading this who won’t know Clare Jones, (Pat and Colin’s daughter and Lindsay’s cousin), was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2003 and sadly passed away at the age of 23 in 2007.   During those 4 years Clare was an avid campaigner for the Mouth Cancer Foundation and the work we do. 

Here in Lindsey’s own words is why it was important to hold a fundraiser for her big birthday.  “When discussing plans for my milestone birthday with my husband the terms “fortieth fundraiser” and “drink, dance and donate” were coined. Combining celebration with fundraising and awareness was an easy decision to make.  After her initial treatment Clare commenced working with the Mouth Cancer Foundation, something our family and Clare’s friends have been committed to continuing ever since.

Clare was not only my cousin but a great friend and confidant, my sister and I are fortunate to have made the best memories during the fun times that we shared. If Clare had been there to celebrate with me, I know she would have been the first on the dancefloor and the last to leave, the never forgotten cheeky smile displayed throughout.  We will never get over the tragic loss of a wonderful life cut so short but it is hoped that with the awareness and funds raised a difference can be made to others.

Words expressing how grateful I am to each and every person who helped make the night such a success are not strong enough; I am truly thankful and overwhelmed by the support given”.

The special birthday party, which took place on the 1st March, was a huge success and the ever supportive family and friends raised £1500.

Team Jones and their family take every opportunity to continue to raise awareness of mouth cancer.  We are forever grateful to them all for their efforts.