A COURAGEOUS mum battling renal cancer for the second time in 12 months has vowed to help other victims.

Mum-of-two Mandy Parker, from Winsford, is having her head shaved as she prepares to undergo further treatment to fund vital research and has already raised £3,370 for Cancer Research UK.

There is currently no blood test to detect this disease.

Doctors at the Christie Hospital are working hard to try and develop one so early diagnosis could save more lives.

Her husband Simon, 52, a Northwich police officer, said: "Mandy is taking control and shaving her head rather than see her hair change and fall out. She is a lion and is really positive.

"She thought she would raise a few pounds but is snowballed massively. The support she has had is just incredible."

Mandy, a housekeeper at Leighton Hospital, had her left kidney removed last October after being diagnosed with kidney cancer in July.

After being given the all-clear in April this year, the 50-year-old fell ill again two months later.

She has now been diagnosed with papillary metastic cancer and due to complications the only form of treatment is an unusual form of chemotherapy called Temsirolimus.

Mandy has a son Dalton, 27, daughter Danica, 28, and granddaughter Nyla, five.

"Mandy knew she had a rare genetic condition and was already on a programme although she didn't know anything about any sort of cancer," said Simon.

"Both our children have got it as well and will now be regularly scanned."

Simon, a sergeant in Northwich, has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from his work colleagues.

DC Leanne Brundrett has organised a charity ball at Cranage Hall on November 3 with every penny being donated to Cancer Research UK.

Leanne posted: "I have arranged this charity event for Mandy who is a truly inspirational lady. I want to make this a magical night for her and raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK."

Simon added:"The tickets have almost sold out,"added Simon. "The support we have received has been just incredible.

"She is a proper inspiration, my Mrs."

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising.dalton-parker.