Grandmother dies from rare cancer

Gayle Harrison with her mum's order of service
Gayle Harrison with her mum's order of service

A Luton family’s grief is fuelling their determination to raise as much as possible for Cancer Research UK.

Much-loved wife, mother and grandmother Heather Harrison was only 62 when she died, six months after being diagnosed with uterine carcinosarcoma.

Her daughter Gayle, 36, said: “Mum’s tumour was very rare and not even the top people in Harley Street could save her. It’s very difficult to treat and it affects only two women in every 100,000.

“Sadly cancer touches all our lives at some point and that’s why we’re raising money in her name to try to find a cure.”

Heather lived with husband Ray at Allendale in Barton Hills. She worked in corporate banking at Barclays in Capability Green. Their son Michael is 33.

Fighting back tears, mother-of-three Gayle said: “If you chopped Mum in half, it would say ‘family’ all through her.

“She never ever complained and we were with her the whole time, right to the end.”

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