Jemma’s fundraising efforts for Grandpa

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An Ilkeston woman bravely battled to complete the Race for Life on crutches and in a wheelchair in memory of her grandad.

Jemma Adcock, 23, decided to complete the race before slipping a disc in her back but decided to go ahead with her plan to complete the 5km course in memory of her grandad John Briggs, who died in October of pancreatic and liver cancer.

Jemma said: “Even though my back has been a problem and left me needing to use crutches and a wheelchair there was no way I wasn’t going to pull out of the race.

“My grandpa was diagnosed and died only a few days later, it was horrible and I hated the though of another family going through that.

“I was determined to raise the cash to help stop this happening to people.”

Mr Briggs was 79 when he died. He was well known in the town and used to run the fish shop on Nottingham Road.

Jemma was spurred on by her friends who completed the race alongside her.

Hayley Straw, Melissa Carrier and Heidi Timson raised £700 between them.

Jemma’s mum, Helen Briggs said: “I was really proud of them all.

“It’s for such a great cause and one that we know all about.”