FRIENDS and family of a popular mum who died of cancer are preparing to celebrate her life at a memorial concert in Gosport.
Amy Dougan, from Weevil Lane in Gosport, died aged 27 after a long battle with acute myeloid leukaemia, leaving behind her nine-year-old daughter Frankie Fitzmartin.
Now, a fundraising concert will be held on what would have been her 28th birthday. Cash will be raised on the night to go towards Cure Leukaemia.
Amy’s brother’s band, GSPT, whose name is a shortened version of the word Gosport, will be one of the bands to perform on the night.
Brother Joe Dougan Roberts, 24, said: ‘Amy would be happy to know that a lot of people she cares about will be having a drink for her and enjoying my music.
‘She was a big fan of the band. She loved everything we did.
‘It’s a shame that she can’t be here but I’m sure that a presence will be there.’
So far, more than £6,000 has been raised since Amy lost her battle on October 20 last year.
The family are hoping to raise £10,000 in her memory.
Joe added: ‘I want everyone to remember Amy on the night. I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through what my sister did.
‘If we can provide an opportunity to help someone through chemotherapy and to recover that would mean the world to the family and all her friends.’
Stepdad Vic Woods, 49, said: ‘It’s important to use Amy’s birthday as a marker to highlight the plight of people with cancer.
‘It will further promote the efforts and the generosity that people have shown so far towards donating to Amy’s charity.
‘I’m absolutely flabbergasted by people’s generosity. It’s come not just from the UK but from all over the world.
‘They have seen Amy’s situation and they have donated quite freely in times when people are finding great hardship.’
Vic hopes the concert will prove a big success.
‘If Amy were alive she would be there. She will be there in spirit,’ he added.
‘It will be quite a poignant night. She did see her brother play last year, in her wheelchair.
‘She was a great supporter of the band. She loved live music and she would definitely have loved to have been there. The fact that we are putting on this evening for her, well she would be absolutely delighted.’
Band Bear Cavalry will also perform on the night.
The event will take place at The White Hart in Stoke Road, Gosport, on Friday, January 13 from 8pm. There are no tickets on sale but people are encouraged to donate.
To make a donation visit justgiving.com/Amy-Dougan.