Family helps raise thousands after death of Hartlepool mum

Julie Williams on a family holiday in Portugal in 2007. Julie, left, husband Kevin, Thomas, front, Demi and Chloe
Julie Williams on a family holiday in Portugal in 2007. Julie, left, husband Kevin, Thomas, front, Demi and Chloe
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A family has helped to raise thousands after the death of a mum in the prime of her life.

Much-loved mum-of-three Julie Williams died aged just 46, nine months after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Now, her close-knit family are working to increase awareness and much-needed funding for the cancer, that sees less than 1% of victims survive beyond 10 years.

Julie’s family staged a charity summer fundraiser at Old Boys Rugby Club, Easington Road, with money raised divided between Hartlepool & District Hospice and Pancreatic Cancer Research.

During the event, Julie Defty, a chemotherapy nurse at Hartlepool hospital who treated Julie, had her hair shaved off for sponsorship.

Entertainment also included local singer and Teen Star UK finalist Olivia Crawford, baked goods and craft stall, candyfloss machine, face painter, tombola, raffle and games.

Daughter Chloe Williams, 24, said: “The fundraiser went brilliantly.

“The baked goods stall was a massive hit and I can’t thank all of the businesses who donated enough for making it possible.

“The brownies from Jack Rabbit Slims were a massive hit!

“Julie’s head shave was a success. She has raised £515 and it takes the total so far to about £2,600.

“I am going to continue to do the charity events every year and hopefully find a bigger venue for next year .”