A Sheffield businesswoman with a rare and incurable form of cancer is aiming to raise £25,000 for a charity that supports fellow sufferers.
Jaqui Copley, managing director of fashion company Elite Apparel, was diagnosed earlier this year with myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer.
The cancer is treatable but there is currently no cure and she is raising cash for Myeloma UK, a charity dedicated to helping those with the condition and researching ways to beat it.
The mother-of-two is already an experienced fundraiser - having previously helped collect thousands for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity last year when she took part in - and won - its Funny Business stand-up competition at Sheffield City Hall.
Since her diagnosis, Jaqui and her staff have helped raise over £2,000 for Myeloma UK - with much of the money coming from the sale of special wristbands. Elite Apparel is running a special Christmas pop-up shop this week, with late-night opening on Thursday, at its Richardson Works base on Upper Allen Street.
Ten per cent of the money from its sales will go towards Myeloma UK.
Jaqui is also in the process of arranging a charity ball next year which she hopes could raise up to £8,000, while friends, family and colleagues are planning a host of other events to raise money for the good cause.
Jaqui, aged 56, from Ecclesall, said: “I was diagnosed in July this year. It is not curable, but it is treatable so we are raising money for Myeloma UK. “It is a very rare cancer and you have three to four months of chemotherapy and then you have a stem cell transplant.
“I have had to take a step back from the business because of the chemotherapy. Some days I’m just not able to get up and get to work.”
Her daughter Nicola, 28, has taken over day-to-day running of the business, which Jaqui set up around 12 years ago.
She said the Christmas pop-up shop idea was used by the company for Weston Park last year.
Jaqui added: “My daughter came up with the idea of the wristbands and we have raised £1,500 just through selling them. We are just over £2,000 so far and we have set a target of £25,000. The money will go towards research and treatments and hopefully finding a cure.”