A TOUGH mother who is currently battling stage four cancer has raised more than £9,000 in memory of her much-loved daughter.

Georgina Airey, also known as George, has dedicated the past year to raising vital funds for a prevention suicide charity after her beloved daughter Sophie took her own life aged just 29.

Mrs Airey, who was head of History, head of sixth form and also pastoral deputy head at Kirkbie Kendal School for 30 years walked the Camino de Santiago during the Summer and took photos of colourful doors during her trip.

On her return, she found the determination to fundraise for Papyrus, the national charity devoted to the prevention of young suicide, by creating beautiful calendars and a poster.

“While walking the Camino I was captivated by the range of beautiful doors’ be they humble or very ornate,” she said.

“I could not resist taking these photographs and once home I realised that they could be used to help fund the vital support that Papyrus offers to young people who may be having suicidal thoughts.

“Any money could help save another family from undergoing the pain we have suffered over the past year.”

Around 1,300 calendars and posters were sold with proceeds going to the charity.

The total raised works out to cover 1,800 phone calls to Hopeline.

“We are firm believers that if we can prevent other families from going through this pain, then it won’t be in vain. We are determined to bring something positive out our family’s terrible loss,” continued Mrs Airey, “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone in Kendal who has helped me with this project. Armstrong Ward, Yard 46 , Soutergate Gallery, Kirkbie Kendal School, Holy Trinity & St George and Kendal United Reformed Church.”

Mrs Airey said she’s keen to work on another project with Papyrus but with her thinking hat on she’s taking a back step until another idea comes to mind.

lSophie’s father Andy is also running a half-marathon in her memory to donate visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-airey3