Fundraiser in memory of Kerry

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LIVE music, a raffle and a burlesque dancer will form part of a memorial fundraising night.

The Kerry’s Wish event is being held to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action and takes place at Fratton Park on June 20.

It has been organised in memory of Kerry Harvey, 24, who worked at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, and was a former University of Portsmouth student.

She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April last year and died in February this year.

Her story was followed by many online through social media, including Alex Watts, 40, of Havant, who is organising the event.

She said: ‘Our event is in memory of Kerry and for Pancreatic Cancer Action as they were so fabulous to her.

‘In an interview Kerry said that if she could save one life then her job was done.

‘Kerry did more in her short battle for pancreatic cancer than anybody could ever do and we want her memory to never fade and her name to mean something.’

As reported, brave Kerry campaigned for Pancreatic Cancer Action, and fronted a controversial ad campaign with the slogan ‘I Wish I Had Breast Cancer’.

It was intended to highlight the poor survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients compared to other forms of the disease.

But it led to Kerry getting death threats, because some people thought it was insensitive to women suffering breast cancer.

Her story was followed by many and has raised awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Alex added: ‘This fundraising night has been organised to continue Kerry’s work raising awareness.

‘It’s going to be a great night and we hope people will come along and show their support.’

On the night an auction will be held, which will be hosted by Pompey legend Alan Knight.

There will also be refreshments, and people can donate money on the day.

Tickets cost £15 per person, and can be bought online.

Visit pancreaticcancer action.org/support-us/fundraise/kerrys-event-20th-june-2014/

Or donate at justgiving.com/alex-watts10

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