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Thursday 26 April 2018

Brave mum whose fearless cancer fight hit headlines passes away

Aundrea Bannatyne, a mother of two from Dundonald, has bravely battled pancreatic cancer
Aundrea Bannatyne, a mother of two from Dundonald, has bravely battled pancreatic cancer

Claire Williamson

A brave mother from Dundonald who fearlessly battled her cancer diagnosis has passed away, her family have announced.

Aundrea Bannatyne (42), who worked as a travel agent for Thomas Cook, was told she had terminal pancreatic cancer in July last year.

She vowed to fight on for her sons James (10) - who had survived a treatment for brain cancer himself, aged two - and Jack (14).

With the backing of thousands of friends and fundraisers, dubbed Aundrea's Army, she began searching for treatment outside Northern Ireland, finding hope with a £200,000 treatment in a German clinic.

'Aundrea's army'
'Aundrea's army'

Despite her courageous fight, she received test results in April with the devastating news that her condition would not improve.

On a post on her fundraising Facebook page her family said their "beautiful girl" had passed away.

The heartbreaking message said: "It's with a heavy heart we tell you our beautiful girl Aundrea lost her battle in the last hour. She will be missed by everyone but especially Mum Lorraine, Dad Richard , Brother Aaron and beautiful sons Jack & James.

"She fought with everything she had right until the end."

Phil and Aundrea Bannatyne
Phil and Aundrea Bannatyne

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