Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thousands of Thanks, Sammi; Fundraising Target Way Surpassed after Mum's Sad Farewell

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thousands of Thanks, Sammi; Fundraising Target Way Surpassed after Mum's Sad Farewell

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron

Sammi Fox with son Bobby, five, and niece Brooke, two HER quiet courage and dignity as she faced death left many awestruck.

When cancer-suffering mum Sammi Fox closed her eyes for the very last time after releasing an emotional video of her preparing to saying goodbye to her five-year-old son, she provoked a river of tears.

But now generous folk have united in grief to raise thousands of pounds for Sammi's two boys - and the donations are still flooding in.

More than PS11,500 has been gathered, smashing the PS3,000 target, after a JustGiving page was set up to originally help pay for her funeral.

But selfless Sammi also wanted the money to go towards her two sons, little Bobby, who has Down's syndrome, and 13-year-old Kai, who lives with his dad.

Cash has been flowing in after The Chronicle's website showed the heartbreaking video of 29-year-old Sammi and Bobby lying on her hospice bed as they listened to his favourite song, Take Me Home by Jess Glynne, with Sammi wiping away her tears as she prepared to say goodbye.

Sammi, of North Shields, was given only days to live after medics said there was nothing they could do after they discovered she had ovarian cancer, secondary to bowel cancer.

Sammi had been in the Marie Curie Hospice in Elswick, Newcastle, for just over a week when she passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday.

Her family are grateful for the hundreds of donations made on the crowdfunding page and towards those who are planning on setting up events to help bring in more cash.

I told Sam the fund couldn't she was how kind have Sammi's sister Kelle, 32, said she had told Sammi about people's generosity before she died. She said: "I told Sam and she couldn't believe it; she was amazed at how kind people have been."

Heartbroken Sammi died at 2.30am on Wednesday surrounded by her parents Denise and Mel, nanna Margo, sister Kelle, and brother Paddy.

"She looked beautiful, so peaceful when she went," said mum-of-four Kelle.

Struck down with cancer, Sammi was told the devastating news on October 9, that there was nothing medics could do. …

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