Winchmore Hill woman raises thousands for the Mouth Cancer Foundation

Enfield Independent: Amira Mathew and her mother, Pratima Solanki Amira Mathew and her mother, Pratima Solanki

An Enfield woman has been named as one of the highest fundraisers at a 10km walk for mouth cancer awareness.

Amira Mathew, 26, of Woodberry Avenue in Winchmore Hill, collected £2,386 for the Mouth Cancer Foundation, nearly five per cent of the overall money raised at the walk in Hyde Park.

Inspired by her mother Pratima Solanki, who survived mouth cancer, Ms Mathew works as a dentist in Kent and admits she was "blown away" by her final total.

She said: "I had no idea that I would raise this much money for the charity. I only signed up three weeks before the walk but I used all forms of social media to spread the word and it paid off.

"My mum was really proud of me for doing the walk. When she had mouth cancer her chances of survival were very low but she pulled through and she is an inspiration to me.

She also encouraged people to take part in the 10k awareness walk this year.

She added: “I would encourage anyone to take part in the Mouth Cancer 10K Awareness Walk. You are not only helping a great charity but it’s a fantastic feeling being part of the event.

“The Mouth Cancer Foundation is important to me as the incidence of mouth cancer is on the rise and it is my duty as a dental healthcare professional to check for early signs of the disease and raise awareness.”

Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi said: “The Mouth Cancer 10K Awareness Walk is once again a great success for the charity.  The profit from the walk, after costs, will be ploughed into our latest initiative the Mouth Cancer screening accreditation scheme.”

As a result of her fund raising, Ms Mathew has won a course of three facial massages with therapy practice Roma Gordon.

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