Clare’s fighting spirit captured the hearts and minds of so many people – including Vinnie Jones

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CLARE’S fighting spirit captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of people, including some well-known celebrities.

Vinnie Jones proved that his hardman image on the football pitch and the big screen belies a kind personality.

Clare listed meeting the US-based star on her bucket list and had the chance to catch up with him last year when he was back in Britain.

A message from Jones’s agent said he would be happy to give $5,000 (about £3,200) towards Clare’s Disney dream.

At the time Clare said she was ‘starstruck’ but that Vinnie made her feel at ease quickly and was genuinely interested in ‘how things were going’.

Other donations came from Lina Hodgkins and Jon Stretton-Knowles, who are both from Portsmouth and appear in ITVbe reality show Life on Marbs.

Mr Stretton-Knowles donated £1,000 with the message that he found Clare’s story ‘really touching’.

The pair spoke of their sadness that Clare had died.

Lina said: ‘I’d like to send my deepest sympathy to Clare’s family at this very difficult time. I hope their sadness is tempered by the knowledge that Clare was an inspirational woman who showed bravery and courage and they must be very proud of her.

‘Giving strength to others under such circumstances is truly remarkable. Clare is in my thoughts and prayers.’

Jon said: ‘I was deeply saddened that Clare has lost her battle with cancer.

‘I’m sure she would be pleased to know that the money raised by the The News campaign will go to very deserving charities, close to Claire’s heart.’

A big chunk of the money came from people living across the Portsmouth area who read the story in the paper and online and shared it on social media.

When The News announced the fundraising campaign on a Saturday morning at the beginning of last August, more than £3,500 was donated by more than 130 people over the course of the weekend.

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