A FLORIST is helping to fight a deadly cancer in memory of her mother - with the aid of cup cakes and chocolate.
Amanda Blake, owner of Blake's Florist, in The Avenue, West Ealing, is selling the goodies at the weekend to raise funds and awareness for the charity Ovarian Cancer Action.
The 43-year-old said: "I wanted to do something positive for Mother's Day, rather than have it be a sad occasion. My mother just woke up feeling ill one day and two weeks later she passed away. "She did have symptoms but they were so mild: bloating, difficulty eating and tiredness, even her doctor didn't realise that it was anything serious.
"It was a very big shock, my mum wasn't the kind of person who got ill. She was only 65. It's called the silent killer because once the symptoms show themselves it quite well established and it's the fourth most common cause of death from cancer among women.
"People need to be made more aware of the symptoms so they can get checked out straight away if they notice them. If my event can help save one person's life it'll have been worth it."
All the proceeds from Miss Blake's cup cake and chocolate sale will go to Ovarian Cancer Action which is running a national awareness campaign this month.
Call Miss Blake at her shop on 07798690454 to find out more about the cake sale and visit www.ovarian.org for more information about Ovarian Cancer Action.