FOR two decades she has worked tirelessly to help Queen Alexandra Hospital, transforming her bungalow into a huge jumble sale.
But never has Julie Scarborough held a charity fundraiser so dear to her heart.
The pensioner, who holds an MBE for her fundraising work, is in mourning after the death of her son, David Scarborough.
He died at the age of 46 after a brave four-year fight with cancer.
After concentrating her efforts on The Rocky Appeal and Naomi House Children’s Hospice for so many years, Julie has decided to hold a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK tomorrow.
David is well-known in the Waterlooville area, having attended Oaklands Catholic School and then training as a chef at Highbury College.
Julie travelled down to Torquay – where David had moved with his wife and daughter – to be by his bedside.
Fighting back tears, Julie, of The Crest, Widley, said: ‘He’s the loveliest, kindest, bravest person I have ever met.
‘He didn’t complain once.
‘He was in so much pain all the time. He kept cheerful.
‘He will be missed by all of us.
‘As this is my son, I want to help cancer research so that other people won’t lose their sons and daughters in the future.’
And Julie is making a heartfelt plea for her fundraiser tomorrow.
At some of her recent events, she believes items have been stolen by visitors, some of whom may be online traders.
‘I don’t want them coming here pinching things,’ she said. ‘I don’t think I could handle that at the moment.’
David is survived by his wife Ivy and daughter Anna.
He met Ivy at Highbury College and they moved to Torquay about 12 years ago.
The pair were devastated when Ivy lost one of their twins, Hannah, but the couple went on to have a happy life with their daughter Anna.
David was diagnosed with bowel cancer and it eventually spread to his chest, lung and liver.
Julie said: ‘He managed to hold on until we got there.
‘He couldn’t talk, but he was very peaceful.
‘We all took turns in holding his hand.’
Over the tears, Julie has raised more than £20,000 for The Rocky Appeal, which has funded lifesaving equipment at the hospital.
The event takes place at 9 The Crest, off The Dale, Widley, from 11am to 5pm.
All friends and well-wishers are invited to attend.