Tributes paid to Lowestoft mother-of-five Sarah Wright who leaves loving legacy for her family
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A loving mother-of-five, who embarked on a fund-raising campaign to support her family's future, has died.
Described by relatives as 'an absolute inspiration', Sarah Wright passed away last week leaving more than £13,000 as a loving legacy to her family following five months of fundraising.
Sarah Wright, 29, passed away from terminal cancer in her Lowestoft home, with her husband Stuart Wright and mother Diane Youngman by her side, at 8.40am on Thursday, January 12.
Mrs Wright was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2016, yet despite this news, she showed strength to plan for her family's future while encouraging others to check for signs of the disease through her Mummy versus Cancer campaign.
Mr Wright, 34, said: 'She was everything to all of us and always put everybody before herself.
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'No words can thank Sarah enough for what she has given me and as people keep telling me she was an absolute inspiration.'
'We have five wonderful children and I consider it my challenge to bring them up as she would have wanted.'
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Mr Wright added that the couple's eldest child Rhianna, nine, has been a 'brilliant' support to him and to her siblings – Lacey, eight, Lucas, six, Connor, three, and Logan, one.
'A couple of times when Rhianna has seen me upset she has come to me and offered to make a cup of tea or asked 'would you like a cuddle daddy?'' Mr Wright said.
Last Thursday evening Louise Bond, Jennifer Smith and Jo Whybrow, friends of Mrs Wright, organised an online Facebook event – Wave a Light for Sarah Wright – which saw more than 160 people upload photographs of candles they had lit in memory of Mrs Wright.
Mrs Wright's funeral will be held at Gorleston Crematorium on January 30 followed by a wake hosted at Lowestoft Town Football Club.
Mr Wright explained the funeral and wake will be child-friendly with a purple theme as Mrs Wright had planned.
To donate towards Sarah Wright's campaign visit www.gofundme.com/mummyvscancer.
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Diane Youngman, 54, Sarah Wright's mother, said: 'It has been very difficult. I have lost my best friend, we did everything together and despite what people say I don't think time will make it easier – I loved her to bits.
'She was one of those wonderful, kind-hearted and beautiful souls. I am so, so honoured to have received such a lot of love from everybody. They have told me exactly what I knew already – she was a wonderful girl.
'We are so grateful for all the support, money and gifts people have given Sarah.'
Jennifer Smith, 29, added: 'Sarah was my best friend and I could never thank her enough for everything she did and for always being there for me.
'They are a great family and Stuart is going to raise the children brilliantly.
'It was nice to see how many people attended the fund-raising event and who wanted to help.
'It's nice when a community comes together, everyday in the papers you see it happening to other people but when it happens to someone you know it is very special.'
Louise Bond, 29, said: 'We wanted to do something to show Sarah and her family how much she was loved - and Wave a Light for Sarah Wright was a good way to do this.
'I am honoured to have been her friend and I hope we can do her proud and continue to raise awareness for this cause.'