12 October 2020 20:35
Our free email newsletter sends you the biggest headlines from news, sport and showbiz Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A young woman who contracted a rare brain stem tumour died just before marrying her fiancé. She had planned a "dream wedding" for herself and partner Adam Wilson - but passed away before it at her home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on October 2. Her family paid tribute to Rachel, saying she battled her illness with "strength, bravery and determination". Her father David said: "Rachel was an incredibly popular individual who was loved by so many people. David added: "We have so many amazing memories of Rachel and take some comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and is at peace.
The young woman was awarded a first class honours degree in linguistics from Lancaster University and went on to work at the university's communications department. In her memory, her family are raising money for cancer charity Marie Curie, which they say offered 'invaluable support' while she was being treated at Salford Royal Hospital and The Christie. She was also supported by CLIC Sargent, a charity that specialises in caring for young people battling cancer. To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-scowcroft3. The family of a 25-year-old woman who died after contracting an extremely rare brainstem tumour have said a touching goodbye to their 'ray of sunshine'.
Rachel Scowcroft died on Friday, October 2 at her home, only 10 months after she was diagnosed with a having an "incredibly rare" brain stem tumour. She was treated at the Salford Royal Hospital and The Christie Centre in Manchester, before spending her last weeks at home with her family. Rachel was academically brilliant, she achieved nine A*s and two As in her GCSEs and straight As in her A levels, all at Canon Slade School, before graduating at Lancaster University with a first class honours degree in linguistics. She was set to marry her childhood sweetheart Adam Wilson in March, but her ill health led to the wedding being cancelled. After months in hospital and no signs of the tumour going following treatment, Rachel moved back home. In her last weeks staff from terminal illnesses care charity Marie Curie spent nights at the family home to provide vital support to Rachel, who was unable to carry out normal bodily functions on her own. The cancer charity CLIC Sargent also helped the family during such a difficult time. For her birthday this year in April, kind-hearted Rachel invited her friends and family to donate money to the The Brain Tumour Charity and managed to raise around £1,500. And Rachel's family have followed the kind-hearted example she set during her life by launching crowdfunding pages for the Marie Curie charity and CLIC Sargent in her memory, which have raised a combined total of more than £2,000 so far. To donate to the crowdfunding page in support of Marie Curie click here. Alternatively, click here to donate to the crowdfunding page in aid of CLIC Sargent. Emotional tributes have been paid by a family to a Lancaster University worker who died after contracting an extremely rare brainstem tumour. Rachel Scowcroft, who graduated from the university with a First Class Honours Degree in Linguistics before working in the communications department, has been described as their 'ray of sunshine' and 'beautiful Rainbow Rachel' after passing away on October 2. The 25-year-old was diagnosed with the illness just 10 months ago and had planned a 'dream wedding' for herself and fiancé Adam Wilson that was sadly never able to happen. The Scowcroft family said she battled the condition with 'strength, bravery and determination' but tragically it was a fight she could not win. Wiring on a fundraising page in her memory, Rachel's father David said: "Rachel was an incredibly popular individual who was loved by so many people. "She will be missed immensely by her parents David and Gill, fiancé Adam, sister Jade, Nanna Florence and all of her friends and extended family. Rachel could not wait to marry her fiancé Adam, meticulously planning every detail of their big day. "Rachel will be remembered as someone who was incredibly caring, generous, selfless and loyal, making her an amazing friend to so many. He added: "We have so many amazing memories of Rachel and take some comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and is at peace. "Rachel was an inspiration to so many people and we will always remember her as a ray of sunshine who loved rainbows, unicorns and life itself." After going to Canon Slade High School in Bolton, Rachel was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Linguistics from Lancaster University and went on to work at the university in the Communications Department, reports the MEN. In her memory, her family are raising money for cancer charity Marie Curie, which they say offered 'invaluable support' for the young woman while she was being treated at Salford Royal Hospital and the Christie. She was also supported by CLIC Sargent, a charity that specialises in caring for young people battling cancer, which also offered a huge amount of support to the Scowcroft family. JustGiving pages set up in Rachel's name have already received more than £2,000 in donations, which will be used to help other people fighting cancer. Anyone who would like to make a donation to either charity should visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-scowcroft3.