SUFFERERS of a chronic lung disease will benefit from the memory of a much-loved young woman
Dozens of family and friends of Nadine Blake have dug deep to raise almost £20,000 for the adult cystic fibrosis unit at Southampton General Hospital, since she died in March.
The 18-year-old, from Warren Park, has inspired loved ones and complete strangers to do bike rides, sponsored hikes and sponsored hairdressing.
One is even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in her memory.
Donations are coming in all the time and her mum Becky, 38, says she has been overwhelmed by the response.
‘It’s just amazing,’ said Mrs Blake, of Calshot Road.
‘I’m shocked by it. People we don’t even know have offered to help us raise money for people in the same position as Nadine was.
‘The hospital are over the moon. Nadine’s friend Mike Parker asked Next for help.
‘Because they couldn’t give money they gave eight laptops instead.
‘It’s brilliant because the patients can be so isolated when they are in hospital. It is a link to the outside world.’
Earlier this month a tough 20-mile bike ride organised by Nadine’s friend Emily Carpenter raised almost £3,000.
And there are plenty more events coming up.
Mrs Blake said: ‘It has helped to give us something to focus on.
‘The kids also really help us as they talk about her all the time. When we go down to see her at the cemetery they always sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star because she is our diamond in the sky.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever been over there when the candle has not been lit. People are there all the time.’
Nadine fought a long battle with the illness but never let it get her down.
‘In her final months she put together a list of all the things she was determined to do – including meeting her pop star idol Peter Andre.
The two became firm friends and he has provided emotional support to her family.
Scenes from their meetings have been screened on Andre’s reality television show, My Life.
Fans of the show have also been donating to the Just Giving pages set up in Nadine’s memory.
The family are organising a football tournament and fun day on July 13 at Warren Park Primary School. More details will be revealed soon.
To donate go to justgiving.com/cysticfibrosisadultward or justgiving.com/Nadine-Blake3.