A senior citizen from Jersey who raised thousands for charity last year says it helped her cope with the loss of her husband and daughter.

Jean McLaughlin decided to try out 80 things she had never done before in the year she turned 80, originally for the Jersey Alzheimer's Association in memory of her husband Robert who had vascular dementia.

But not long into her mission, Jean's daughter Karryna was diagnosed with cancer, and later died at the age of 42. Jean then decided to give half of the money she raised to Cancer Research.

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As part of her fundraising, she has completed a wing walk, skydive, abseil and so much more. She even went over her target by completing around 110 challenges.

She says both the activities, and the people she has met along the way, have helped her hugely in the grieving process.

It feels like the bottom of my world has fallen out and can never be replaced, but by doing all this it kept me going, and kept me active. I think if I didn't do the challenges, I would have been in a worse state, and I don't think I'd have got through it.

Jean McLaughlin
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