TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved volunteer who didn’t let her illness stop her from helping others.
Patricia White, known as Pat, died this month after a five-year battle with cancer.
Her partner Paul Talbot wants to organise a send-off worthy of 58-year-old Pat. To do this, a fun day is being held in her memory on Sunday.
Paul, 55, from Gosport, said: ‘After Pat was diagnosed with liver cancer, she worked tirelessly with various different charities including Macmillan and Jacobs Well.
‘We want to give her a really good send-off because she has done so much for the community and for everybody else. We feel like we should give something back to her.’
Marisa Hutchings, Pat’s neighbour said she had charitable spirit.
‘Even though she had cancer for five years, it never stopped her getting up in the morning and going to do something,’ she said.
Marisa’s 17-year-old daughter Natasha added: ‘Pat had always been so good to us. She’s always helped me out whenever I needed it.
‘She was always there for me and she was a lovely lady who did so much for so many people.’
In February last year, Pat’s son Douglas died which Mr Talbot said severely affected her.
‘He decided he couldn’t go on any more and took his own life,’ he said.
‘Pat was taking medication and the cancer got hold and went completely aggressive.
‘When you have cancer and you are out in the open, you put on a mask to say ‘I’m covering up pain’.
‘And then when she came home, the mask came off and then I cared for her.’
Paul needs £5,000 to pay for the funeral and, with help from Natasha, is hosting the fundraiser at the White Horse Pub in Nobes Avenue, Bridgemary.
They hope to raise £2,500 towards the costs. The event on Sunday will have a band, a bouncy castle and a raffle as well as cake stalls.
Any money raised beyond the funeral costs will be donated to Macmillan.