Popular Wisbech mum, who spent 12 years fund raising for others, dies of liver cancer

Linda Smith with her husband Walter and theirr children Lois and Max.

Linda Smith with her husband Walter and theirr children Lois and Max. - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech mum, who spent years fund raising for others, has died while waiting for private treatment for liver cancer.

Linda Smith PHOTO: Ian Carter

Linda Smith PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Supporters rallied round Linda Smith, 50, when they heard her family were raising money for pioneering treatment in London.

Within months, a GoFund Me page totalled more than £25,000, towards the £30,000 needed.

However, the family this week announced that mum of two Linda has lost her courageous fight against the disease.

Linda had received the first half of her treatment and was due the second half next week.

Her daughter Lois said: “Mum thanked everyone for all their support throughout her battle.

“Her funeral is open to everyone and flowers are welcome which can be sent to Baileys and Son in Lynn Road, Wisbech.”

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Funeral details are yet to be finalised.

A fund raising campaign was launched in the summer to give Linda a chance of beating liver cancer with pioneering treatment not available on the NHS at Hammersmith Hospital.

Linda wrote on her Facebook page on November 23: “Thanks for all your wonderful support and beautiful words. If only you all knew how much help you are when I see comments. My heart lifts from all those that care and give a few seconds , it’s like you are all refilling my tank with love to drive me on.”

Linda raised money for charity for 12 years as her way of celebrating beating breast cancer after she was diagnosed in 2005.

She went through months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as a mastectomy, whilst staying strong.

She celebrated every year cancer free for the next 11 years, taking part in Race for Life and raising money for others but almost 12 years to the day she was given the devastating hews that the cancer had returned but this time in her liver.

Linda said on her GoFundMe page: “I will not let this rip my family apart, they have all been through so much already and I will not loose hope.”