I think it was late 2008, after the chemo, that we decided to raise money for Macmillan. We talked about it as a family and thought our drag racing was probably the best way to get word out there. So throughout 2009 we did raffles, sold t-shirts, pretty much anything really.
People who do sports in general probably find there’s a massive sense of community. And drag racing is up there because everyone at the track put their hand in their pocket and donated. We raised just over £2000.
It was just my way of paying back Macmillan for helping me. Because that £2000 might go to someone else that really needs it, just like I got help with the car tax.
I think fundraising also helps you to feel supported. When I first got ill, there were rumours going around about me being sick, but nobody really knew. In the end I just wrote a short piece for a drag racing website explaining my situation. And the support that came back was phenomenal.
The fact that I just came out with and said ‘I’ve got cancer’ made everyone else more comfortable and feel they could approach me.
In late 2008 I won a trophy which was voted for by the racers. It was an awesome feeling. I can talk quite a bit, but when I went up to collect it I couldn’t make a speech because I would have just blubbered like a little girl.