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Family appeals for help to cover funeral costs of Hainault woman eight days after her wedding

PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:46 18 April 2016

Chris Cox and Sharon Cashman pictured this summer before Sharon was diagnosed with cancer

Chris Cox and Sharon Cashman pictured this summer before Sharon was diagnosed with cancer

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The family of a terminally-ill woman, who died eight days after getting married in a hospice, has launched an appeal to raise money for her funeral.

Sharon Cashman and Chris Cox got married at the Saint Francis Hospice chapel, Harold Hill, last weekSharon Cashman and Chris Cox got married at the Saint Francis Hospice chapel, Harold Hill, last week

Sharon Cashman, 51, who married her partner of five years Chris Cox, 50, both of Hainault, at Saint Francis Hospice’s chapel, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, on April 4, died of cancer last Tuesday.

She entered the Inpatient Unit at the hospice on March 31 after having spent six weeks at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, where she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

The mother of 13-year-old Holly used to work in a shop in Ilford and despite a small family had friends to support her.

Mr Cox is now asking for help to raise the £3,000 necessary to give Sharon a funeral.

“I cannot do anything without some help.

“She has been so brave,” he told the Recorder.

“She was holding on for the wedding and after it happened she just shut down.”

Mr Cox thank the hospice and everyone, who has helped him and Holly.

Thanks to support from friends and Saint Francis Hospice, £500 have already been donated towards Sharon’s funeral but this not enough to cover all the costs.

Jayne King, Mr Cox’s sister, said: “Towards the end, it was very difficult for Chris and Sharon but it was wonderful they got to get married. It was Sharon’s dearest wish.

“They both had low income jobs and this is why we are where we are now. This is now about saying goodbye.

“Chris never used to use the word love about anyone – but he did about Sharon,” she added.

If you would like to help raise money for Sharon’s funeral you can donate here.


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