THE family of a mum who lost her battle with cancer say they have been overwhelmed after more than £5,000 has been raised in her memory.
Popular Amy Dougan died aged just 27 after fighting acute myeloid leukaemia, leaving behind her nine-year-old daughter Frankie.
The family set up a fundraising website page in her memory after she passed away three weeks ago – and more than £5,200 has already been raised.
On top of that, the family has been offered a week’s free holiday on behalf of Hannah’s Holiday Homes.
The appeal is run by Pam Westbrook, whose daughter Hannah died in 2004 after suffering from Hodgkin’s disease.
Vic Woods, 48, Amy’s stepfather, said: ‘I think that’s a brilliant gesture. We are very touched by that. We will definitely be taking that up. We have been touched by the generosity. We would like to express our thanks to her. Frankie would love to do that.’
Fundraising events are already being organised in Amy’s memory, with all money being donated to the charity Cure Leukaemia.
Mr Woods added: ‘We are really delighted that people’s kindness has been shown not just in our region but also in other areas of the UK. It shows how popular Amy was.’
Amy’s mum Teresa, 53, added: ‘It’s just overwhelming. It just touches me so much. People have been so kind to our family.’
Amy, from Weevil Lane, Gosport, fought cancer for more than two years, and now her family are hoping they can raise awareness about leukaemia.
‘It’s become apparent to us that leukaemia is less publicised than other forms of cancer,’ added Vic. ‘When it kills young people as well as older people, it’s important that we get rid of this horrible disease and stop people like Amy leaving us.
‘Our story has highlighted that it can take anybody. It leaves children orphaned. Frankie’s plight has highlighted the story. Amy has gone at 27 and left a nine-year-old girl.’
To donate, visit justgiving.com/Amy-Dougan.