Waid pupil, 17, opens her heart to hon­our mother

FUNDRAIS­ING: Teen uses let­ter to help raise cash for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port char­ity

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Waid Acad­emy pupil Neve Pea­cock, has noth­ing but cher­ished me­mories of her beloved mum.

The 17-year-old’s fam­ily was shat­tered just be­fore Christ­mas last year when cancer ripped Gil­lian from Neve, her dad and her two younger broth­ers.

Neve has said “not a day goes by” that she doesn’t think of her.

And now the pres­i­dent of Waid’s char­i­ties com­mit­tee hopes she’s hon­oured her mum by help­ing raise funds for the char­ity which did – and con­tin­ues to do – so much for the Fife fam­ily.

Bravely, Neve shared her story with her school com­mu­nity as the com­mit­tee drummed up funds for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port.

From the very start the group de­cided it did not only want to raise money but also aware­ness for the char­ity and of cancer it­self.

“I knew I wanted to hon­our my mum and share my own ex­pe­ri­ence of cancer so our peers were able to have a real life ex­am­ple.

“Through this we could show that al­though cancer is scary and yes it is painful but there is a way to push through to the other side,” she said.

Neve penned a let­ter to her late mum, who died of later metastatic cancer which had de­vel­oped from the breast cancer she had al­most seven years ear­lier when Neve was still at pri­mary.

“It took you away, leav­ing your whole fam­ily be­hind. My fam­ily.

“I knew this would be hard, but I didn’t re­alise the ex­haus­tion I’d feel af­ter los­ing you.

“I didn’t re­alise how much would change when you were no longer, and noth­ing pre­pared me for the pain that los­ing you would cause,” she wrote.

Neve, who ad­mits she’s a lit­tle bit jeal­ous of her friends who still have their mums, added that she re­mem­bered “just about ev­ery de­tail and I think I al­ways will” of the day her mum passed away.

“This was the hardest time of my life and it con­tin­ues to hurt.”

But she vowed, cancer might have taken her mum, but it would not stop her telling her mum’s story.

At Waid, var­i­ous fundrais­ers were or­gan­ised, and Neve said none could have been achieved with­out the “amaz­ing sup­port” of staff.

“To be able to raise and give this money to Macmil­lan is amaz­ing.

“Com­ing up to De­cem­ber is a very hard time for my­self and my fam­ily but to be able to hon­our my mum in this way and give back to those who sup­ported me through my own strug­gle is the great­est op­por­tu­nity I have been given.” MacMil­lan are still help­ing Neve The Macmil­lan team were with the Pea­cock fam­ily ev­ery step of the way, with prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port.

As well as care for her ail­ing mum, there was help for the en­tire fam­ily through­out the long jour­ney.

That sup­port con­tin­ues to this day. Neve said: “I know just now I can email them or phone.

“The help never stops, they are al­ways there for us. It’s not just to talk about what hap­pened, it could be to talk about any­thing.”

Neve, who is think­ing about study­ing so­cial an­thro­pol­ogy at univer­sity, bravely shared her story at school assem­bly.

“I wanted to show it’s not just some­thing you see on TV. It’s real life sto­ries and pain around.”

When she be­came pres­i­dent of the char­i­ties com­mit­tee, she knew she wanted to give some­thing back to the char­ity which had given so much to her. “And to hon­our my mum,” she added. Now, only a few months later, the pupils are hand­ing over around £1,300 to Macmil­lan.

“Thanks to this money we will be able to fund a Macmil­lan Nurse and help an­other fam­ily go­ing through the same strug­gle that I did,” said the sixth-year pupil.

This was the hardest time of my life and it con­tin­ues to hurt

Pic­ture: Kim Cess­ford.

Neve Pea­cock has helped Waid Acad­emy raise £1,300 for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port.

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