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Plan B performs at Rainham fundraiser organised in memory of daughter who died from breast cancer

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 September 2018

Sandra Goldsmith from Rainham organised a fundraiser for Saint Francis Hospice after her daughter, Vikki Powell died from breast cancer. Picture: David Norman.

Sandra Goldsmith from Rainham organised a fundraiser for Saint Francis Hospice after her daughter, Vikki Powell died from breast cancer. Picture: David Norman.

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A grieving mother honoured her daughter’s wishes by organising a fundraiser for Saint Francis Hospice in her memory.

Sandra Goldsmith’s daughter, Vikki Powell died on April 28 this year at the age of 32 from breast cancer.

Vikki was diagnosed in September 2015, three months after having her second child, and mum Sandra was told that she also had breast cancer a year after her daughter was diagnosed.

While Vikki was going through treatment for secondary breast cancer, she asked her mother to do a fundraiser in her memory.

On Sunday, September 2 residents gathered for a family fun day at Rainham Working Men’s Club in Upminster Road.

Sandra Goldsmith from Rainham organised a fundraiser for Saint Francis Hospice after her daughter, Vikki Powell died from breast cancer. Picture: David Norman.Sandra Goldsmith from Rainham organised a fundraiser for Saint Francis Hospice after her daughter, Vikki Powell died from breast cancer. Picture: David Norman.

Sandra, 56, told the Recorder that Vikki’s biggest fear was leaving behind her two boys, aged two and four-years-old and that she would be forgotten.

She said: “My daughter was a family support worker and loved family life so we chose a family fun day in her memory with things that both children and adults would enjoy.

“The day far exceeded my expectations. The support from family, friends and staff and members at Rainham Working Men’s Club was phenomenal.

“Plan B who is a school friend of my son in law and my daughter sang three songs to the amazement of people who attended the day.”

The event raised £2420.38 from the admission, raffle and auction.

“We chose Saint Francis Hospice as they helped the family during her illness with benefits advice whilst Vikki was unable to work,” said Sandra.

“[They also provided] family therapy sessions and massage therapy which Vikki enjoyed immensely. They were so kind and always just a call away.”

The money raised will go to Saint Francis Hospice in Broxhill Road.

“I want to thank family and friends, local businesses and friends who donated raffle prizes, Rainham Working Men’s Club staff and committee, lightning drama group and Moments of Memory photographer for all their help and making the day such a success.”

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