THE family of a Formby mum who lost her life to cancer celebrated her life with a fundraiser in the Freshfield pub.
Mum-of-three Donna Osborne, 43, died at home in December surrounded by her family. She left behind her husband Julian, and children Tom, 21, Jack, 14, and Charlotte, 12.
The Formby woman was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December, 2008. After treatment, she received the all-clear, only for the disease to return in February last year.
Donna worked in the office at St Luke’s primary and volunteered at Formby Brownies and Guides. Her family and friends held a fundraiser for brain cancer on January 27 at the Freshfield, with rock and roll from her eldest son's band, Laid Back House Fire.
An auction and raffle at the emotion-filled event raised £4,502 for Brain Tumour Research.
Donna’s niece Kie Wain, who manages the pub’s restaurant, helped secure signed merchandise from ex- WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, and David Price’s mother and sister arrived with boxing gloves signed by the rising star.
Julian Osborne said: "Donna was an inspiration to so many people regardless of their age. She was brave, positive and dignified despite everything she was going through.
“Family was everything to her – whether it was looking after me and the kids, organising her brothers, checking her mum and dad were fine, helping Liz and Sue in the office at school or helping out at Brownies or Guides.
“She was an angel, and now she is an angel, and she will watch over us all and be forever in our hearts.”
An online fundraising appeal in Donna’s memory has now raised nearly £17,000 for charity Brain Tumour Research. Go to www.justgiving. com/ Donna- Osborne