Memorial day for bone cancer victim (41)

Angela Lawson
Angela Lawson

THE family and friends of a Colne woman who died of bone cancer last year are holding a fund-raising day in her memory.

A walk up Pendle Hill is being held on August 7th, a year to the day since 41-year-old Angela Lawson lost her battle with the disease.

Since her diagnosis in 2006, Angela’s friends, family and several pubs in the town have pulled together to raise money for Manorlands Hospice and the haematology and oncology day unit at Airedale Hospital where she was treated.

This year, the fund-raising activities are set to continue on what has been dubbed Angela Lawson Memorial Day.

Angela’s sister, Debbie Snell, said: “It will be a year to the day since Angela fell asleep and although a very sad day with lots of tears, there will also be lots of laughs, the way Angela would have wanted, to remember the good times and the memories we all have.”

Angela, of Talbot Street, was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29 and was given the all-clear until 2006 when the disease returned in the form of an aggressive bone cancer.

At the age of just 38 Angela was told that she would not live to see 40 but she put up a fight and surpassed all expectations living until just short of her 42nd birthday.

Debbie said: “Angela was always a happy go lucky girl, loving, caring and a great person to know full of positivity. She had the most amazing strength, never giving in and we were all so proud of her.”

Debbie looks back fondly on the happy times she spent with her sister, a favourite being when she took Angela to her first music concert.

She said: “We went to see Ronan Keating and Boyzone and words cannot describe how we felt, the election and the happiness will remain with me forever. Her close friends clubbed together for her to go to another Ronan concert arranging for her to meet him which was a dream come true. The smile of sheer joy was on her face for ages.”

As Angela’s illness progressed she frequently received treatment at Airedale Hospital and Manorlands Hospice.

Debbie said: “From the beginning of the roller coaster battle we organised fancy dress pub crawls and an annual Pendle Hill Challenge event to raise money.

“These events will be held again this year in memory of Angela and to raise money for other people who are going through what she did.

“This will be the last time we are holding the Pendle Hill Challenge so we hope that everyone who has helped in the past will donate one last time memory of Angela.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, all the pubs and shops who have helped have been fantastic.”

The fundraising activities in memory of Angela will start tonight with a fancy dress pub crawl from the Jovial Hatters in Colne.

A group of around 30 of Angela’s friends and family will be visiting all the pubs in Colne and customers are urged to dig deep and show their support.

Angela Lawson Memorial Day will be held on August 7th and will include a walk up Pendle Hill followed by a three-legged race at the Jovial Hatters.