FAMILY and friends of a teenager who died from cystic fibrosis have spoken of their upset at internet pages in her memory.
Nadine Blake lost her battle with the lung condition last month.
Since then, well-wishers have helped raise more than £10,000 in her memory for the Adults CF Unit at Southampton General Hospital, where Nadine was treated.
In the months before she died Nadine’s dream to meet Peter Andre came true and they became firm friends.
But, since a broadcast of the programme Peter Andre: My Life featuring the 18-year-old from Warren Park, fans of the pop star have set up Facebook pages in her memory.
One has linked to a justgiving.com fundraising page featuring photos of Nadine and asking for donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust – despite the person who set it up not knowing Nadine and living in Birmingham.
By Friday, 65 people had donated raising a total of £200.
Nadine’s cousin Shanice Blake, from West Leigh, said comments left on the site by friends asking people to also consider donating to the official fundraising pages were deleted by the author of the site.
The 14-year-old Warblington School pupil said: ‘I was angry about it because this person used photos of Nadine and also urged people to donate to “fulfil Nadine’s wishes” as if she knew her. But it was not the charity she wanted people to donate to.’
Nadine’s father Carl, said: ‘It was a bit upsetting because no-one knows who this is and this is not the charity we are raising money for in Nadine’s memory. We’re focusing on a Nadine’s two friends who are climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and must raise £10,000.
‘I’m sure the other page is not malicious but it is not set up by us.’
Nadine’s family would like people to focus on donating to justgiving.com/Nadine-Blake3 and, when the £10,000 target is reached, to justgiving.com/cysticfibrosisadultward – to which Andre made a £200 donation.
In a heartfelt message he said: ‘I’m so proud to have known you and you made an impact on so many people’s lives. My thoughts and love are with you and your family.’