Website tributes to our loved ones

REMEMBRANCE: from left, Lynne Coulson, Molly Coulson, Carole Barclay and dad Bill Burnett

REMEMBRANCE: from left, Lynne Coulson, Molly Coulson, Carole Barclay and dad Bill Burnett

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GRIEVING daughter Lynne Coulson is among families who are paying tribute to their loved ones with the help of a charity website.

With Mother’s Day approaching, Macmillan Cancer Support has created a virtual place where people can remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died from the disease, as well as sharing memories.

The website lets visitors create a lasting legacy for a loved one which, the charity says, supports more people living with cancer and their families.

Lynne, 41, from Peterlee, set up a Macmillan tribute fund in memory of her mum Betty Burnett who died in July 2010 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 63.

Betty, who worked for Lloyds TSB in Peterlee, had been diagnosed three years earlier.

In the wake of her death, her family have raised more than £11,000 for the charity, with the majority of the money raised through Betty’s Big Bash, an evening held at Shotton Hall.

Lynne, an HR partner for Home housing group, said: “Mum had amazing support from Macmillan and so we set up a tribute site and have raised money from family events.

“Lots of people made donations and left messages and I was able to upload photographs of my mum which we could then share with friends and family.

“Mum would love it.

“I think she would know why we had set it up and she couldn’t speak highly enough of Macmillan and would be behind anything which raises awareness.

“She would be really proud.

“Sometimes, we go on there to see what other people have written and it’s nice to read through them.

“We also had some good feedback too.”

Betty married her sweetheart Bill Burnett at Peterlee Memorial Methodist Church in March 1967 and the couple also had another daughter, Carole Barclay, 44, who is a senior finance advisor and also lives in Peterlee.

Lynne’s husband Pete, 34, and their daughter Molly, three, and Carole’s family, husband Phil, 53, and sons Stuart, 17, and Scot, 14, have also been involved in putting together the pages.

More information about Macmillan tribute funds can be found at www.macmillan.tributefunds.com or from fund-raising manager Sarah Goldie via sgoldie@macmillan.org.uk

Anyone who would like to seek support from the charity for grief, practical information and to celebrate a life of someone who has died from cancer. can call 0808 808 00 00.

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