THE family of a Gosport mum who lost her battle with leukaemia say they are close to raising £10,000 in her memory.
Amy Dougan, from Weevil Lane in Gosport, died last October aged 27, leaving behind her nine-year-old daughter Frankie.
Her family then set up a fundraising page for Cure Leukaemia – and £7,400 has been raised.
Now they are helping to organise a huge charity fundraiser in May, which they believe will raise another £1,000.
Vic Woods, 49, Amy’s step-dad, said: ‘I’m pleased with the response that people have shown. Cure Leukaemia has expressed its joy that this is effectively going to pay for one of its nurses for six whole months.
‘The fact that Amy’s sad demise has resulted in a contribution towards research into a cure for this is nothing short of wonderful.
‘I don’t think she would have dreamed it would have got this much response.
‘Since Amy passed away, we are only seeing the best in people.
‘Frankie has turned a corner.
‘She is enjoying her life knowing that people thought so much of her mummy.’
Vic added that he hoped the recent diagnosis of Aston Villa footballer Stilian Petrov with leukaemia would help raise awareness of the disease.
‘In the best sense it helps to raise the profile of diseases like leukaemia,’ he said.
‘People focus on other types of cancer but leukaemia doesn’t seem to hit so many headlines.
‘Everybody is talking about it. Hopefully more money will be dedicated into research for leukaemia.’
A cabaret and entertainment evening will take place next month for Amy. It will be hosted by female impersonator Miss G.
Meanwhile, raffle prizes are still needed for the night. Anyone with anything to raffle off should email Vic at email@example.com.
The event takes place on Saturday, May 12, at Boathouse No 6 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Tickets are £25. Call (023) 9282 6622. To donate to Amy’s appeal, visit justgiving.com/Amy-Dougan