THE legacy of Kim Rossall – the Thornton girl who inspired fundraising for cancer charities before her death from a rare form of the disease – lives on.
Family and friends of the former Baines High School pupil are planning fundraising events this year, knowing the 21-year-old would have approved of their daredevil antics.
Kim inspired the Fylde coast to support cancer charities when she bravely took on the Race For Life last summer despite being desperately ill.
Now dad Philip is revving up for a motorcycle ride around the coast of the UK to raise money for The Christie Charity, where Kim was treated for Ewings Sarcoma before her death in August 2012.
With the help of Honda Blackpool he will ride his Honda NC700X bike clockwise around the country, taking in spots he and wife Elaine used to take Kim and sister Cassie to as children.
He said: “There is no worse experience than to sit by your child’s bedside and watch her heartbeat pounding out of its chest desperately trying to hold on to the life it has embraced for so long.
“Believe me when I say there is no greater motivation drives you to help any cause which eases and consigns cancer to the history books.
“[But all that cancer charities provide] comes at a price. The dedicated work of these charities with the help of donations makes cancer considerably easier to cope with.”
Philip is preparing to set off on April 9 and is hoping his three-week long ride, with 100 hours of driving, will raise £5,000 for the hospital so it can continue to provide support for sufferers and their families as it did for his own.
Just a few days before this, on April 7, Kim’s friend Hayley Dillingham will be jumping thousands of feet from a plane in a parachute jump, despite being scared of heights.
She said: “Everyone is saying to me I must be so brave and scared doing this but I reply ‘not as brave and scared as Kim was throughout her inspiring battle with cancer’. This is about her.”
Hayley is also hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for The Christie Charity.