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Fond farewell to Doncaster charity star

Denise Dunn's coffin is carried out by family and friends including her partner (centre). Picture: Andrew Roe

Denise Dunn's coffin is carried out by family and friends including her partner (centre). Picture: Andrew Roe

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life of inspirational charity champion Denise Dunn at a packed funeral service.

The Firefly Express poignantly led the funeral procession to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Armthorpe.

Vibrant yellow and red flowers spelling out the word Firefly had been placed alongside the coffin as a reminder of the charity work carried out by Denise - known to friends as Dee Dee.

The church service was followed by a service at Rose Hill Crematorium and a celebration at The Glasshouse, Kirk Sandall, of Denise’s life.

Tributes are continuing to flood in for Denise who died following a long battle with cancer. Emma Hyman from One Call Insurance said: “Denise was an amazing woman and has left a brilliant legacy behind her.

“She was an inspiration to many people through her hard work, dedication and commitment to one of the best causes in Doncaster.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Denise and also had the honour of working closely with her through the partnership between Firefly and One Call Insurance for the last two years.”

The 54-year-old mother-of-five, from Barnby Dun, worked with Aurora before setting up the Firefly group in 2005 – a year after she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time.

The Firefly Express provides free shuttle bus services to hospitals in Sheffield, where patients often have to go for regular treatment.

Today, the unique Doncaster-based charity – that also raises awareness of cancer – is a lifeline to patients undergoing regular gruelling treatments.

Denise’s family have vowed to continue her Firefly work.

To donate to Firefly or to find out more about the service call 07738 390541.

 

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