Tributes as Norfolk mum-of-four loses four-year battle with leukaemia
PUBLISHED: 15:55 06 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:06 07 August 2019
A Norfolk town has been left devastated after a mum-of-four lost her battle with a rare form of blood cancer.
Heather Bellamy, from Downham Market, who had been fighting acute myeloid leukaemia for four years, died on Saturday, August 3.
Friends and family had been desperately trying to raise £250,000 to send her to America for life-saving treatment.
Her friends Chris Heyes and Andy Lucraft-Townley organised events to raise money and walked from Downham to Cardiff in the hope of raising awareness and support.
Mr Heyes said: "My partner Louise and I would just like to thank everybody involved in helping us fundraise for Heather. The list of people is endless and without them we couldn't have done it.
"We are deeply saddened that we didn't achieve our dream of getting Heather to America, but we tried our hardest.
"Max and all of Heather's family have our full support through this testing time and we will be there every step of the way to help them."
Mr Heyes broke the devastating news on Facebook. Posting on the Downham to Cardiff Facebook page, Mr Heyes said: "It is with great sorrow that, on behalf of her family, we announce that Heather passed away on Saturday.
"She fought bravely for years against leukaemia, but sadly it took its toll."
The funeral will take place on Wednesday, August 14, at 11.30am, at the cemetery on Rouse's Lane in Downham Market.
Mr Heyes wrote: "Heather's wishes were no black to be worn, colourful clothes and dress to be comfortable.
"Thank you to everybody for your support over the last six months or so.
"The community has really come together for Heather, so please let's do it one more time and remember the wonderful lady that she was."
Tributes poured in on social media, with many commenting how caring the former nurse from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was.
Pam Gorman said: "My heart breaks for her and her family, this lady brought so much love both in her career and cementing the community of Downham market, bringing us all together in her fight. An inspiration to us all."
Suzy Howe-Smith said: "Always a beautiful and happy, positive smiling face. There is such a lot to be learnt from Heather."