Ceri Williams, of Barry, has been nominated for the 'Wales Fundraiser of the year' award at the Pride of Britain awards, due to her work fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis, after her daughter was diagnosed with the chronic illness.
Ceri has dedicated her life to fundraising in hopes of finding a cure for the illness, after her daughter, Courtney, was diagnosed at three weeks old, in 1997. Unfortunately, Courtney died from the condition, aged just 22, in October 2019.
Since beginning her fundraising campaign, Ceri has raised over £50,000 through exploits such as abseiling, skydives, runs, climbing mountains, and fundraising events.
The money raised has been donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, The Cystic Fibrosis Pediatrics department at the University of Wales hospital, and the Cystic Fibrosis adult team in Llandough Hospital.
After her daughter passed away, Ceri decided to set up a charity in her daughter's memory, which aims to bring families a modicum of comfort after losing loved ones, by providing them with a memory box. In an interview with ITV, Ceri explained:
"We walked out of the hospital with nothing really, it was really hard. I decided then to set up a charity For Court. We have no set up memory boxes so the families and loved ones can walk out of that hospital with a lock of hair, handprint, thumbprints and footprints."
The devoted mother is currently training for a half-marathon to raise money in memory of her daughter. Talking to ITV, she explained her continued motivation:
"I know she is looking down on me, I am not going to give up. I just want to keep Court’s name going, I want to be able to talk about her every day, and I want to keep raising money every day for her.
"She was a very giving person, she always made everyone laugh, I love her so much, I miss her so much, and I’ve got a massive hole in my heart now and I don’t want to just sit back and do nothing. I want to help other families, and if I can do that in Courtney’s memory, that is going to be a huge part of my life."
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