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Faversham mum Clare Coleman dies of cancer aged 38

A mother-of-four who devoted her last year to making it memorable for her children has lost her battle to cancer aged just 38.

Inspirational Clare Coleman died at the Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury.

Her campaign to tick off a bucket list, which was supported by our sister paper the Faversham News captured the hearts of thousands of people in the town, who donated in their droves to her GoFundMe page.

Clare with her family
Clare with her family

Clare, of Whitstable Road, leaves behind her beloved husband Brian, 36, and their four children Abigail, 17, Alisha, 14, Connor, 10, and Lilly-Rae, five.

She also leaves her parents Sue and Nick, who lost another daughter, Rachel, to cancer 10 years ago.

Clare grew up in Brogdale Road with her family, including brother James, the lead singer of Faversham band Under the Wood, and attended the Abbey School before heading off to Canterbury College.

She married Brian on September 4, 2004 at Ospringe Church.

Heartbroken Brian said: “We had a small ceremony with family and close friends and then a celebration in Eastling.

“We clicked from the moment we met. She was shy and timid but put her all into everything.

“Her family was everything to her and she put our kids and me before her every single time.”

Clare Coleman and her family around the Christmas tree at their home
Clare Coleman and her family around the Christmas tree at their home

Clare was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and, despite going into remission, doctors found a brain tumour during a scan in the beginning of 2016.

She had treatment at King’s College Hospital in London but in December she was told the cancer had spread and she had around a year to live.

Brian said: “It was that night that Clare set up the GoFundMe page. She wanted to have a holiday with her kids that they would remember forever.

“The generosity of people to allow our family to have one last holiday has blown us all away.”

Thousands of pounds poured in from fundraising events.

Brian’s workplace, Cook Kitchen, donated £1,000 and Natalie King, from Oare, ran the London Marathon.

In April, Clare and her family travelled to Disneyland Paris.

Clare with Lilly-Rae, five, and Connor, 10, at Disneyland
Clare with Lilly-Rae, five, and Connor, 10, at Disneyland

Brian said: “She was very poorly when we were away and had been wheelchair bound for a long time.

"She said ‘I am shattered. I need a good sit down’.

"She then started hysterically laughing which set us all off.”

The details of Clare’s funeral have not yet been decided but will be in next week’s Faversham News.

A tree will be planted at Lorenden Park where there is a bench for Clare’s sister Rachel.

Brian added: “The generosity of strangers amazed us and made this difficult journey a little easier. When Clare saw the GoFundMe page hit £3,000, she fell to the floor in tears of joy.

“Clare will live on in me and her children forever.”

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