Brave Hillsborough mum inspires £5,000 fundraising drive while battling breast cancer

Jennie Plant after finishing her 10km walk for Stand Up To Cancer at Fit Space on Halifax Road, Sheffield
Jennie Plant after finishing her 10km walk for Stand Up To Cancer at Fit Space on Halifax Road, Sheffield
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A brave Sheffield mum battling cancer has inspired her family, friends and colleagues to raise thousands for charity.

Jennie Plant, of Hillsborough was a fit and healthy mother-of-two when she found a lump in her breast in June, just two days before her 35th birthday.

Within days of visiting her GP, she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment at the city’s Weston Park Hospital.

Despite her gruelling treatment, she has inspired her family, friends and work colleagues at Aviva to raise about £5,000 for various cancer charities.

Jennie also wanted to take part – and completed a 10km walk on a treadmill at Fit Space Gym in Hillsborough.

Jennie said: “My friends and sister did Cancer Research’s Race For Life Pretty Muddy challenge in September, but I was in the middle of my chemotherapy so couldn’t take part, because my immune system was so low.

“When my chemotherapy finished I decided I wanted to do something as well and was thinking about things I could physically do.

“I did a 10km walk on the treadmill and my friend Shan Oxley did a half marathon at the same time.

“All together we raised about £800 for Stand Up To Cancer and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.”

Her friends also took part in Going Sober For October for Macmillan Cancer Support, while Jennie’s husband, Andy, and his mates are planning a 100km walk around local football grounds next year.

Her work colleagues at Aviva have also raised money and her bosses have matched fundraising pound for pound.

Now Jennie, whose tumour has now shrunk significantly, has urged other women to check themselves regularly.

She said: “My lump didn’t feel like I expected it to.

“It was more of a spread out mass rather than a lump.”