Tributes paid to mum-of-four from West Leigh

Louisa Hirst has lost her fight with cancer
Louisa Hirst has lost her fight with cancer
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HUNDREDS of people are expected to fill a church to bid farewell to a popular mum-of-four who lost her battle with cancer.

Louisa Hirst died at her home in Anderson Close, West Leigh, with her family by her side.

The 42-year-old suffered from breast cancer for seven years and lost her fight with the disease last month.

Her sister Elaine Cross has paid tribute to her.

She said: ‘Louisa was a fighter. She was always smiling.

‘She didn’t let it get her down. She just carried on with life as normal.

‘She had her moments but she made sure that nobody saw that.

‘She was a bright, bubbly, outgoing person with a heart of gold.

‘She would do anything for anybody.’

Louisa leaves behind four children – Fontaine, 23, Floyd, 22, Dylon, 19, and Sonny, 16.

She married her husband Daren four years ago.

And she had a three-year-old grandaughter called Piper.

Members of the local community in Leigh Park got behind her throughout her illness, holding fundraising events in her honour including a fundraiser at The Heron pub, a boxing match and a skydive.

Many are expected to attend the funeral.

Mrs Cross, 46, from Chichester, said Louisa was very grateful for all the support.

‘She absolutely loved it,’ she said. ‘She was overwhelmed with people’s generosity over what they did for her.’

Money raised from the skydive is going towards a horse and carriage for the funeral, which is something Louisa had wanted.

‘People will remember her for a lot of things,’ Mrs Cross added. ‘She had an open house for dinner.

‘She definitely liked to party. She was a party girl.

‘Louisa was amazing and fantastic. She was a happy-go-lucky girl.

‘When she walked into a room, it just lit up.’

The funeral will take place at St Thomas a Becket Church in Church Lane, Havant at midday on Monday. All are welcome to attend the service.