Mum’s breast cancer battle inspires her young sons to do their bit to help
A mother-of-two is hoping to raise awareness of breast cancer and even her young sons are raising funds to help the cause.
Becky Hadfield was devastated to learn last Spring that she had breast cancer but was determined to remain positive and “get on with things”.
But during the last difficult year, she has had incredible support from her husband Richard, the site operations manager at Sacrewell where the couple live, and their two young sons Rohan, 10, and Alphin, seven.
And last week her sons took part in a fun run with a difference around the farm and with the full support of Sacrewell’s general manager Debbie Queen. Together with their cousins Adam and Emma Dempier, who were over from Canada, they completed a 5km route, completing tasks such as egg and spoon race, three legged race, sack race, running, cycling and gurning.
Becky, 37, said: “The four children gave it their all and absolutely loved every minute. It turned from this simple humble idea of wanting to help Mummy to these crazy challenges but it was absolutely hilarious to watch them all.
“I was quite emotional when they said they wanted to do something to help Mummy and I am so proud of all of them.”
So far the fun run efforts have raised nearly £800 and Rohan and Alphin have now set their sights on raising £1,000 - double their original target. And other family members have helped with fundraising - her sister has shaved her own hair, raising more than £1,400, and other friends are planning coffee mornings.
The money will go towards breast cancer research currently being conducted at the University of Nottingham. Becky and Richard have attended an open day where they heard about the research being done and she said it was so empowering it inspired her to want to help.
Becky was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2015 after discovering a painful lump when she was cuddling her son.
Shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Becky, who works for Riverford Organic, had the lump removed and began chemotherapy at Peterborough City Hospital, where she says the oncology unit has been “brilliant”.
Initially the couple chose not to tell their sons of the diagnosis but felt they had no choice when Becky had to undergo chemotherapy.
She said: “Telling them was the hardest part as we didn’t want them to be scared but they have been absolutely amazing and have taken it all in their stride.”
She also had radiotherapy but tests came back inconclusive and at the beginning of this year, Becky was told she had secondary breast cancer in the bones.
Becky said: “It was a devastating blow. Even though we knew it might happen, it was still absolutely awful.”
Currently Becky is taking an oral chemotherapy drug and is hopeful it will help her. But she has told her boys she will try every drug before she accepts she may not be able to beat the cancer.
She said: “There have obviously been some dark times and the boys have had moments where they’ve got very upset and asked if Mummy might die. But I’ve told them that I’ve got no intention of going anywhere.
“I really believe that life is for living, loving and having fun and that’s what I want to do.”
As well as fundraising the couple have also had invaluable emotional support with her brother and sister-in-law flying over from Canada to pick up the boys and whisk them away on a thrilling holiday and her friends changing their plans to look after the boys when Becky is at her worst. Becky thanked everyone who has been there for the family over the last 18 months.
To sponsor the boys for their fun run or to find out more visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rebecca-Hadfield2