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More than £10,000 raised in memory of Norwich woman who died from pancreatic cancer

PUBLISHED: 19:06 22 July 2018 | UPDATED: 19:06 22 July 2018

Carolyn Phillips (left), who died on December 29, 2017, with husband Gareth. Photo: Gareth Phillips

Carolyn Phillips (left), who died on December 29, 2017, with husband Gareth. Photo: Gareth Phillips

Gareth Phillips

More than £10,000 has been raised in memory of a Norwich woman who died just 31 days after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Gareth and Carolyn Phillips pictured at the St David's Day dinner at Stower Grange, Drayton, on March 1, 2014. Photo: Bob HobbsGareth and Carolyn Phillips pictured at the St David's Day dinner at Stower Grange, Drayton, on March 1, 2014. Photo: Bob Hobbs

Carolyn Phillips, 67, died at home in Sunningdale on December 31 last year and at the time her husband of 35 years Gareth called for more money to go towards tackling the disease.

He said: “The whole point is it is such a pernicious disease, it sits in your body until it spreads. The sad thing was when the consultant oncologist saw her just before Christmas he said if you had seen me in March we would have been able to give you chemotherapy.”

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Since he has taken matters into his own hands, and in the past six months - with the help of family and friends - Mr Phillips raised £10,550 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

And more events are on the cards to push the total even higher.

Gareth and Carolyn Phillips pictured at the St Patrick's Day Ball at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Norwich, on March 17, 2007 Photo: Bob HobbsGareth and Carolyn Phillips pictured at the St Patrick's Day Ball at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Norwich, on March 17, 2007 Photo: Bob Hobbs

The first, on September 22, has been organised by Tony and Megan Davies, of the Norwich Welsh Society.

The society will bring the Gwalia Welsh Male Voice Choir to Chapel Field Road Church, eight years since they were last in Norwich.

Mrs Phillips, a retired solicitor, was a former president of the society and the visit will celebrate her life.

Tickets, costing £10 each, are available on 01603 451073.

Then, on September 30, a rally with the aim of raising £1,000 in Mrs Phillips’ memory will be held by Chris James of the Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club.

Classic and Vintage car owners are invited to attend the event at Sandringham Country Park and there is no fixed price to enter but donations will be accepted.

For an entry form, contact phillips27@ntlworld.com.

A third event is set for March next year, where the Phoenix Players of West Mersea who will reenact Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.

Mr Phillips added that after his wife’s death more than 225 donated to a JustGiving page in her name, and hundreds more donated after her funeral, including Norwich Welsh Society to celebrate their 50th anniversary and the Norfolk and Norwich Law Society.

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