Beating a drum for Cancer Research

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Borders dance school Beat Pulse Dance is helping to fundraise for Cancer Research, in memory of a young woman who died of a rare cancer earlier this year.

Ann Marie Siddle was just 23 when she died, having been diagnosed with a cancer that had never been seen before.

A promising dressmaker, artist and illustrator, she had just finished a university degree when she fell gravely ill and became paralysed, facing the possibility of being unable to draw again.

Her step-mum, Irene Siddle, set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for Cancer Research, with a particular focus on research into and awareness of rare cancers, which do not currently attract a high level of funding.

Ann Marie battled bravely, but finally passed away on April 18 after a nine-month fight.

“Ann Marie had a number of challenges that she wanted to complete,” Irene told The Southern.

“These were things like Tough Mudder. I’m now taking these on in her memory, to raise funds for Cancer Research.”

Irene and her three-year-old daughter Sophie, Ann Marie’s half-sister, recently raised £3,000 with a sponsored swim.

Now Irene, together with Beat Pulse Dance, where Sophie is a member, are organising a special event as part of Cancer Research UK’s Schools Race for Life, which encourages schools to organise 
fun runs and other sports-related events to raise funds for the charity.

There will be ‘Sports Day’-themed activities for children aged three to P3, and a fun run for P4-7, and any older ones who want to take part.

Refreshments will be provided and all participants receive a medal.

There will also be home baking, balloon modelling, face painting, pony rides and much more.

The fun kicks off at Howdenburn Primary School, Jedburgh, on June 13 at 2pm.

Come along and help to raise money for this worthy cause.

You can also donate via Irene’s Just Giving page at