Characters come to life in big fundraiser for cancer victim

114010-03_MY_Bench'Southsea seafront.'Fundraising walk by the friends and family of Rosie Munroe Simpson to raise money to buy a bench in her memory.'Pic Mick Young'13/11/11
114010-03_MY_Bench'Southsea seafront.'Fundraising walk by the friends and family of Rosie Munroe Simpson to raise money to buy a bench in her memory.'Pic Mick Young'13/11/11
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FRIENDS and family of a young mum who lost her battle with cancer have raised thousands of pounds in her memory.

Rosie Munro-Simpson died in August after fighting ovarian cancer.

As reported, the 29-year-old from Frogmore Road in Fratton, left behind her five-year-old son Oakley and husband, Andy – who she married just days before her death.

Yesterday, a group of Rosie’s friends either walked, skated, or cycled from Canoe Lake up to Clarence Pier in Southsea.

People dressed up as children’s cartoon characters such as Bob the Builder, Woody from Toy Story and characters from The Tweenies.

The walk was followed by an afternoon of fundraising activities such as quizzes, games and a raffle at the Blue Lagoon in Hilsea.

There was also a Mr Portsmouth 2011 competition.

Around £2,500 was raised throughout the day. Of that, £1,500 will go towards a memorial bench and the money which is left over will be split equally between the Rowans Hospice and Ovarian Cancer Research.

Rosie’s ashes will be scattered at sea as it was her favourite place to go.

Charlene Harris, 25, from North End, who organised the event, said: ‘She was my best friend. She was an amazing person. She left behind a lovely little boy.

‘We just wanted a place to take him for us to remember as well. She loved the beach. There is so much support here, everybody just loved her.

‘It’s been overwhelming. I can’t believe how many people have turned up. It’s been a bit of a mad rush.’

Rosie’s sister Kat Munro, 31, added: ‘There were so many people at the seafront.

‘Everyone turned out in fancy dress. She’s going to be up there bawling her eyes out, laughing and cringing at us all being silly and just making a fuss of her.

‘She didn’t like being the centre of attention. She never thought she was that important to so many people. But she had such wonderful friends.You could sit down and let the grief get to you or you could do something positive, and that’s what we’ve done.

‘Even after today this will be ongoing. This is just the first stage.’