Mixed emotions as Relay for Life team prepares

RELAYING FOR MUM: Sheree and Deb Cotter, Tristan Baker and Allison Forbes are ready for the November Relay for Life. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 200514GOA01

RELAYING FOR MUM: Sheree and Deb Cotter, Tristan Baker and Allison Forbes are ready for the November Relay for Life. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 200514GOA01

NOVEMBER’S Relay for Life will be a joyous and sad time for one Tamworth team.

Deb Cotter and her team, Remembering Mum, have been the first team to register for their second relay, but this time is about remembrance, as well as celebration.

Mrs Cotter is a survivor of lung cancer, after being diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but then lost her mother, Patricia Thompson, to colon cancer on May 6.

The team is dedicated to Mrs Thompson with family and friends rallying to support her.

“I would like to have a dozen in the team, with six already, and people have offered to run fundraisers for us,” she said.

Team member, and Mrs Cotter’s daughter, Sheree works at The Albert which will host fundraising functions and team member and country artist Allison Forbes will fundraise at her gigs.

Mrs Cotter’s son, Anthony Cotter, will cut hair at the relay and all money will go to the team.

“I will pester people so much that they give me money,” Mrs Cotter said.

“Mum would’ve been 81 in August and she had a pretty tough battle. She was strong and we all miss her.”

The team has a fundraising target of $2500, but are confident they will beat that.

Mrs Cotter is also involved in the Cruising 4 Cancer fundraiser next month organised by Justin Bradbury for the Cancer Council.

Tamworth’s Relay for Life will run at the old netball courts in Carter St on November 1 and 2, with team registrations now open.

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