An ‘inspirational’ mother who raised thousands of pounds in just a few weeks for a piece of equipment at West Suffolk Hospital while she battled cancer has died aged 44.
Amanda Coppins, of Moreton Hall, lived to surpass her £5,000 target to buy West Suffolk Hospital a Nautilus machine, which speeds up the process of placing a line for chemotherapy treatment, as a lasting legacy for her nine year-old daughter Grace.
Before she passed away peacefully on Tuesday night, Amanda was able to see one of the machines which her fund-raising will buy.
Her partner Mark Allen, 34, said: “That was her biggest goal – she had seen and done everything she needed to do. She’s been an inspiration to me and an inspiration to everyone who crossed her path.”
He estimates that she will double her original charity target to reach £10,000 and the extra money will pay for a night out for staff and their families on the hospital’s G1 ward as well as other items the ward may need.
At the launch of her fund-raising, Amanda, who worked at Howdens Joinery, in Bury, said: “I want my beautiful daughter Grace to realise that you can achieve things no matter what – to be proud of what her mum achieved in the end.”
A fund-raising café at Grace’s school, Guildhall Feoffment Primary, on Tuesday raised £1,400 and West Suffolk Crematorium donated £750.
Dave Gooderham, hospital fund-raising manager, said: “She was one of the most inspirational and courageous people I ever met. On behalf of West Suffolk Hospital Charity, and especially Ward G1, we cannot thank her enough.”
A music evening she organised, Three Steps to Heaven, will still go ahead on July 11 at Moreton Hall Community Centre. As well as her daughter and partner, she leaves her parents Brenda and Cliff and brother Gary. Visit www.justgiving/amandacoppins