EVENTS staged throughout June have raised around £3000 for ovarian cancer in memory of Barry grandmother Lesley Woolcock.

Mrs Woolcock raised awareness for ovarian cancer and the importance of testing and early diagnosis while also raising thousands of pounds for supporting charities prior to her death in May 2016.

A social media campaign was launched for her Arsenal football hero, Ian Wright to meet her.

He spoke and texted her, but the family had to cancel his and she died the day after he was due to visit.

Penarth’s Queen B boutique, held the first event, and raised £1500.

The Red Dragon Netball team – which symbolised Mrs Woolcock’s love of sport, friendship, and socialising, raised more than £450.

A football match involving Mrs Woolcock’s husband and son raised £336 and a charity skittles match organised by her daughter, Danika, raised £700.

Mrs Woolcock’s sister, Alison Woolcock said: “Last year Lesley was involved in the arrangements when Jodie Tanner, the owner of Queen B, held the first event. This year was again a celebration of friendship and an opportunity to buy beautiful clothes. The Etc restaurant also put a special deal on and prepared a lovely meal. £1500 was raised. This event was like a watershed as it marked that Lesley hadn't been with us for a year. It also highlighted the importance of continuing to fundraise as a close friend’s wife had just received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Her experience was very similar to Lesley's in that early symptoms were not picked up so diagnosis was at a late stage.”

She added: “Lesley's death has been difficult, however her family and friends are trying to carry on her light by celebrating life and supporting one another. Every penny raised will hopefully help women to recognise symptoms and get diagnosed early so that they can continue to be a part of their family’s lives and enjoy a health future.”