Feb 19 2013 by Sam Yarwood, Formby Times
A MUCH-LOVED postmistress has continued her fight against cancer even after her death.
Denise Wright, who ran Little Altcar post office with her husband Billy for 15 years, passed away in December following a six-year battle with incurable Myeloma.
More than 500 people attended the 54-year-old’s funeral which was held at St Margaret Mary’s in Huyton, where the couple lived, on December 27 last year.
Since being diagnosed with the condition in 2006, Denise campaigned tirelessly to help raise money and awareness of the disease which attacks the body’s plasma cells.
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.
In the six weeks following her funeral, a further £4,000 has been collected by Denise’s family on behalf of the Myeloma UK from donation envelopes at the service and donation boxes that were placed in the shop.
Billy, who was married to Denise for 27 years, and the couple’s two children Lee and Stephanie, would like to give thanks to all those who paid tribute to Denise by donating to the cause in her memory.
Billy said: “From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank everyone for supporting such a terrific charity, which will hopefully one day come up with a cure for Myeloma.
“From myself and my family, we are so grateful for all the donations and it is such a tremendous amount of money.
“In the past three years, Denise raised more than £20,000 to try and save the lives of others and make people more aware of a disease that is becoming increasingly more prominent in younger people.
“Myeloma UK is a small charity that receives no form of funding from the government so it is crucial that people continue to support the fantastic work they do.
“We are planning to host another charity event later on in the year and have already received a huge amount of support from friends, residents and businesses.”