A CHARITY set up in memory of a mother who died from cancer has been officially launched.

The Ashton Foundation will work to highlight rare cancers and raise money to help with treatment, research and support.

It is named after Charley Ashton from Hove,

The Cure4Charley fundraising campaign was set up at the end of 2016 to help cover the cost of pioneering treatment for her.

The 35-year-old had a rare and aggressive sarcoma and chemotherapy proved unsuccessful so friends and family rallied round to find the money to pay for potential immunotherapy.

Sarcoma can affect the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons or blood vessels.

Charley had hoped the treatment would help her spend more time with her daughter Aurelia, two, and her wife Jess.

However her condition deteriorated and she passed away last year before all the money raised could be used.

Some of the money was given to Sarcoma UK and the Martlets Hospice in Hove and the rest has gone to the foundation.

Charley’s younger sister Harriet Fryatt, 25, is behind the new charity, which is holding an official launch party on February 24.

She said: “This is an event to bring together Charley’s friends, family and anyone who has been touched by Charley’s story.

“It will also be aimed at improving awareness of rare cancers and to raise money to help those who are suffering.”

The launch will be at Stanmer House in Brighton and includes a meal, silent auction and entertainment.

Tickets are £56 and more details about the charity and the event are available at theashtonfoundation.org.