Jan 8 2013 by Jamie Bowman, Formby Times
A POPULAR grandmother who has died of cancer has left a lasting legacy after raising thousands to fund research into the disease that killed her.
Denise Wright, who died on December 15, aged 54, ran Little Altcar post office with her husband, Billy, before being diagnosed with incurable Myleloma in 2006.
Over the next six years, she worked tirelessly to increase awareness of the condition, which attacks the body’s plasma cells.
Paying tribute to his wife of 27 years, Billy said that Denise was loved by the customers at the Liverpool Road post office.
He said: “She was brilliant and turned the business into a real hub of the community.
“She had such a good rapport with everyone and it has hit all of us really hard.”
Billy took over the running of the post office fully, as Denise went through a gruelling period of chemotherapy.
When diagnosed, she spent three months in hospital, taking 80 tablets a day as well as undergoing two hip replacements and a back operation.
Billy said: “She was so stubborn and determined to beat the cancer, despite being in a lot of pain and receiving a high dosage of steroids.”
Despite her illness, Denise and her family, including son Lee, 36, and daughter Stephanie, 26, began raising money for the Myeloma UK charity which helps patients and carers cope with the disease.
A race night held in 2010 raised an incredible £12,208 for the charity, with £1,000 also donated to Ward 25 at Fazakerley Hospital, where Denise was treated.
Over 200 guests attended the event held at Formby Royal British Legion which included an auction of signed sports memorabilia and goods donated by local businesses.
TV presenter Paul O’Grady helped out by donating a goodie bag and Denise was later given a special invitation to see his live show.
“The amount of cards we have had from customers has been very humbling,” said Billy.
“Hundreds have signed a book of condolence we’ve got in the post office as well.”
Over 500 people attended Denise’s funeral, which was held in St Margaret Mary’s, in Huyton, where the couple lived, on December 27.
Stan and Dawn Norville, who used to work alongside Denise at the post office on College Road, in Crosby, said of her: “She was top notch.
“Denise was bright and bubbly with a lovely warm smile that was genuine.
“We’ll miss her so much.”