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Charity fundraiser for Jill

Monday 2nd September 2013

Charity fundraiser for Jill

A BUMPER charity fund-raiser is being held in Langley as a tribute to a brave young woman who died 25 years ago, aged just 24.

Jill Honeysett, who died in 1988

Jill Honeysett was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in late 1986. Despite chemotherapy and invasive bone marrow treatment, Jill passed away less than two years later on September 29, 1988.

During her illness, she was an ardent supporter of the late Peggy Wood and her campaign to improve cancer treatment at Maidstone Hospital.

Now, Jill’s sister Kim Lepetzidis is organising a tribute night in her memory, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

She has hired Langley Village Hall from 7pm – midnight on Saturday, September 7, when there will be live music from the band Ocean Blue, food and a raffle.

Jill was brought up in Langley but her parents had moved to Chart Sutton at the time of her illness.

However, following her death, they returned to Langley, where the girls spent most of their childhood.

Sadly, the girls’ mother passed away two years ago, but their father, who still lives in Langley, hopes to attend.

Kim said: “Jill was a kind, thoughtful person who never had a bad word to say about anyone. She loved animals and would have loved to work with them.

“During the short time she was in remission, Jill raised a lot of money for The Kent Leukaemia and Cancer Charity which was founded by Peggy Wood. She raised money by parachuting from an aeroplane at Biggin Hill and attended a lot of other events that Peggy Wood was organising to help raise funds.” 

During her illness, Jill bought a flat-coated retriever puppy, who was a very dear companion and helped her to focus on getting better.

Jill’s parents kept the dog, Jade, until she died at the age of 12.

Born in 1964, Jill attended Sutton Valence Primary School and Cornwallis School and it is hoped that many of her old schoolfriends and people who remember her will attend the fundraiser.

Leeds Castle are preparing and serving the food free of charge and the band is giving its services free.

“Leeds Castle have also been very generous with raffle prizes as have many other establishments and companies,” said Kim.

An autograph bone marrow transfer - where the majority of bone marrow is taken out, treated with a high dosage of chemotherapy and then replaced back – was Jill’s last hope but, unfortunately, did not work.

 “Jill always knew that if it did not work she would not be able to have any other treatment,” said Kim. 

Tickets are now on sale for the September event, as are raffle tickets. Contact Kim on kimlepetzidis@yahoo.co.uk

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