Kirsty hosts Macmillan coffee morning in memory of her mum

Kirsty Thompson spent the week baking for a Macmillan coffee morning

Kirsty Thompson spent the week baking for a Macmillan coffee morning - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A 32-year-old autistic woman from Ipswich has hosted a Macmillan coffee morning in memory of her mother, who died of cancer two years ago.

Kirsty organised the coffee morning in memory of her mother who she lost two years ago to cancer.

Kirsty organised the coffee morning in memory of her mother who she lost two years ago to cancer. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Kirsty Thompson, who has mild learning difficulties and suffers from anxiety, laid on the event at Vital Healthcare’s headquarters in Grimwade Street, Ipswich, baking most of the cakes and treats herself.

Her mum Lynn Thompson died in 2014 following a two year battle with cancer of the oesophagus.

“It has gone really well,” said Kirsty, “we’ve had lots of people come in and I think we’ve raised quite a lot of money.

“I made most of it myself but my boyfriend made all the sandwiches.

Philip Wasp,Tracey and Larry Olatunji

Philip Wasp,Tracey and Larry Olatunji - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

“We’ve had people coming in, having a chat and a cup of coffee and raising money for a good cause.”

Kirsty’s event is part of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, the charity’s largest fundraising event of the year.

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The event raised £115.09.

“Two years ago my mum died of cancer so I wanted to hold a coffee morning in her memory,” said Kirsty.

Faha Makhdum,Kirsty Thompson and Sharon Marston.

Faha Makhdum,Kirsty Thompson and Sharon Marston. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

“My mum was diagnosed with cancer in February 2012.

“She had chemotherapy, major surgery and radio therapy and it went into remission for a year.

“In August 2013 it come back and it got complicated, she had more radiotherapy and was in and out of hospital a lot.

“Then she got pneumonia and didn’t get better from it.”

Kirsty has been supported by Vital Healthcare since her mum went into hospital and now lives in its supported living accommodation in Bramford Road.

“Vital Healthcare have given me support and everything,” said Kirsty.

“Macmillan also helped my mum financially when she needed a new mattress and new clothes.

“They had a centre at the hospital which provides you with information and what you need to know.”

Faha Makhdum, psychotherapist and clinic manager at Vital Healthcare, said the team were very proud of Kirsty.

“Kirsty is a prime example of someone who has a lot of challenging needs and has gone through some very difficult times but has taken the support we have offered and has come so far.

“We are so proud with how well she has done. She did this coffee morning without any extra stress or anxiety despite the hurdles of event management.”