Tributes to cancer mum Rebecca

Rebecca Harrington
Rebecca Harrington

THE family of a Wigan mum who died of cancer have publicly thanked the generous people who have donated money to give her children precious memories.

Rebecca Harrington, of Ashton, died last Saturday at Wigan Infirmary, after battling with breast cancer for the second time.

I cannot explain what it has meant people coming forward - thank you so much

Danielle Li

Although the 34-year-old, who was more affectionately know as Bec, knew the cancer was terminal, she was looking ahead to the year, as she got engaged to long-term partner Duncan Appleby. But, tragically, she never made it down the aisle.

And before she died, her friend Becka Cordingley set up a Go Fund Me page - Give Bec Some Memories to Treasure - to help the couple and children Ellis, five, Hope, two, and nine-year-old step daughter, Fern, make as many memories together as they could.

Rebecca died before they could enjoy it and so her family is looking to donate the money, which has reached almost £8,000, to Macmillan Cancer Support and other charities.

Her sister Danielle Li said: “Rebecca didn’t even have time to enjoy the funds. We were supposed to go to Centre Parcs in March over the half-term for a big family holiday, but she never got the chance.

“We are discussing what to do with the money with people who have donated. We want to donate some to Macmillan because they have really helped Rebecca, as well as other charities.

“Becky Cordingly still wants some of the money to be spent on the children going away on holiday.

“We feel quite proud to be part of the community and it has given me faith in society.

“Coming from a small town like Ashton, a lot of people have known her - it has been so heart warming.

“I cannot explain what it has meant people coming forward - thank you so much.

“Rebecca was so caring and she would have done anything for anyone, so this means a lot.”

Rebecca was first told she had breast cancer in April 2014 and she had a double mastectomy, as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which finished in February last year.

But in November, doctors informed her that the cancer had returned and her condition deteriorated over the New Year, as she had fluid in her lungs.

Danielle added: “The family is shocked about how soon it all happened. Rebecca got taken into Wigan Infirmary on New Year’s Day as she had fluid on her lungs.

“A few days later the oncologist said they would carry on with her chemotherapy but she passed away in the early hours of Saturday.

“We were not prepared as we didn’t think she would die so soon. We just feel so numb.

“We have just been putting on brave faces for the children and pulling together as a family, trying to keep as normal as possible.”

There is a fund-raising event at Ashton Town FC on Saturday February 6, in Rebecca’s memory, with proceeds going towards a cancer charity of her family’s choice.