A MUM who tragically lost her nine-year-old daughter to cancer has been joined by her colleagues in promoting a national campaign to help raise vital funds.

Karen Kelly lost her daughter Georgia at the end of 2015 to neuroblastoma, a disease she had battled since 2011.

The family lived in Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, and Georgia was well known in the area.

The family regularly took part in Race for Life to raise money for cancer charities.

Now, Mrs Kelly is continuing to help fight the illness by joining colleagues in raising money for Stand Up to Cancer.

She and her colleagues at Lower Ince Health Centre, Wigan, swapped their uniforms for bright orange wigs and leg warns to encourage people to raise money.

Stand Up to Cancer is a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 which aims to get new pioneering tests and treatments to cancer patients faster.

This year, people are being encouraged to 'get orangified' by getting sponsored to stand out in the colour orange at school, work or with friends.

Mrs Kelly, who now lives in Adlington, has been a long standing supporter of Cancer Research UK and Georgia was even a special guest at Race for Life in Leigh twice and hundreds of women form Team Georgia in her honour.

The 41-year-old said: “Stand Up To Cancer is very close to our hearts after everything Georgia went through at such a young age. After losing her, we are determined to do all that we can to raise money and help fund life-saving cancer research.”

She was joined in supporting the campaign by colleagues Vera Leitao, from Westhoughton, Emma Nicholas, from Chorley, Karen Kelly, from Adlington, Jayde Melling, from Lower Ince and Nicola Robinson from New Springs.

Stand Up To Cancer aims to accelerate the translation of brilliant scientific discoveries into innovative cancer medicine, tests and treatments. Every donation helps to support this progress and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Since it was launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than £38 million to fund over 40 clinical trials and research projects.

Stand Up To Cancer is supported by a host of celebrities from TV, film and radio including Davina McCall, Alan Carr, Bill Bailey, Edith Bowman and Kirstie Allsopp.

This autumn Channel 4 will once again bring the brightest stars from show business together in a dedicated season of Stand Up To Cancer programming.

Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for the North West, said: “We’d like to thank Karen and her colleagues for their colourful support.

“We’re asking men, women and children across the North West to Wear Orange, Pay Up and Take Cancer Out.

“By supporting Stand Up To Cancer, they’ll be helping to raise money and transform the lives of cancer patients and their families. All supporters need to do is simply pull on a bright orange item of clothing and get sponsored or make a donation for wearing it.”

For more information and to get involved visit standuptocancer.org.uk