A FARNHAM woman, who helped raise money for a cancer charity, has passed away after a nine-year battle against the disease.

Forty-one-year-old Gillian Carpenter, of Lower Bourne, Farnham, died at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea on February 12.

An active fundraiser for Cancer Research, she went on a sponsored parachute jump, walks and helped her husband, Tony, with seventies discos.

Her sister Judy said: “Gillian was an inspiration to those she met, she always looked well, had a smile and thought of others before herself.

“Despite the knowledge that her illness would claim her life, she maintained a strong and confident outlook and carried on enjoying life with her family until the end.”

A much loved member of St James’s Church in Rowledge, Mrs Carpenter helped many people during her illness, including those suffering with similar terminal illnesses.

Mrs Carpenter made a positive contribution to her community, helping at Rowledge, South Farnham and Weydon schools, 5th Farnham Scout group, the Round Table and the music group at Rowledge church.

Married to Tony Carpenter for more than 20 years, Mrs Carpenter also leaves behind three young sons, Samuel aged 16, Luke, 14, and Joshua, 11, and will remain in the memory of many friends.

Her funeral will be held at St Peter’s Church, Farnborough, at 11.30am on February 21.

The family ask for no flowers but any contributions should be made to Prof. D Cunningham’s Research Fund, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Downs Road, Sutton, SM2 5PT.