AFTER their mother was taken by cancer nearly two months ago, Amy and her six siblings have been left to face their first Christmas without their mum.
With ages ranging from 2 – 23 it will be no mean feat to care for them, but eldest Amy has taken on the role of caregiver.
She two brothers, Daniel (13) and Brendan (10), and four sisters, Courtney (15), Olivia (12), Wendy (8) and Charlize (2).
Close family friend Tania Stockley wants the siblings to have a great and stress free Christmas so set herself a challenge to ride from Perth to Mandurah and back in a day.
That means 145km of pedalling which she said should take about eight hours to complete.
“Deb was an awesome, loving mother raising these children alone and now the eldest Amy has taken over that role of raising her six siblings,” she said.
“I didn’t want to do the normal GoFundMe, I wanted to set myself a challenge.
“It will be hard for them. It will be the first Christmas without their mum.”
Amy said she left her job to look after her mum before she died.
“She had previously beaten breast cancer in 2015, but at the beginning of this year she was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer,” she said.
“She told us all, which was good because it gave her more support.
“I quit my job as a medical receptionist in March to look after mum and my boss understood.
“I just did it – it wasn’t a sacrifice to look after mum. I wanted to spend the last six months with her.
“We always had a close bond but it was hard watching her suffer – she was so positive about it but towards the end she had no fight left in her.
“We have a lot of family support and the cancer council has been really good.
“I was happy when Tania’s sister, Hayley called to see if it was ok for Tania to do this for us.
“Any help is appreciated if anybody wants to help we will take it.”
Amy said they intend to spend Christmas at the beach.
“We have a plaque going down at the beach for mum so we will have breakfast down there with mum. That’s how we will start our day,” she said.
“Mum was just a single mum bringing us all up. We were really close.
“It’s just been hard. It still feels a bit surreal.
“Towards the end mum was in and out of hospital. It feels like she is still in hospital and will come home.”
To sponsor Tania and the siblings visit https://www.gofundme.com/ride-to-raise-funds-for-debs-kids.
So far they have raised $540 out of a goal of $2000.