THE grieving family of an Ellesmere Port woman who campaigned for disabled rights have thanked the generosity of friends and family who have raised £1,600 for charity since she died.
Hayley Parsonage, 26, died in April at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, after being rushed there from Sheffield Northern General, where she had been taken by fiancé Stephen Murphy on March 26.
The former Sutton High School pupil was born with a congenital condition called sacral agensis.
The family asked for money for two of Hayley’s favourite charities instead of flowers, and the more than 400 people who turned up at her funeral obliged.
About £1,600 was raised, meaning both Alder Hey and Miles of Smiles have received nearly £800 each.
Ann Parsonage, Hayley’s mum, said: “It was far more than we expected.
“She’s touched many people’s hearts.
“The two charities were close to her heart. Miles of Smiles took us to Disneyland Paris twice. We had a great time.
“We spent many years at Alder Hey.
“They’re made up. It’s just amazing. we never expected this much to be raised at all. I just wanted to let people know how much we appreciate it.”