Thursday 26 April 2018

Mourners at brave mum's funeral urged to wear purple to symbolise fearless cancer battle

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

Victoria Leonard

Brave mum Aundrea Bannatyne will be laid to rest at a celebration of her life next Monday, where guests have been asked to wear purple to symbolise her fight against pancreatic cancer.

Former Thomas Cook manager Aundrea, from  Dundonald in Co down, passed away at the Marie Curie Hospice on Wednesday after a high-profile cancer struggle.

The mum-of-two's death was announced on the Aundrea's Army Facebook page, where the 43-year-old had documented her battle with the disease.

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Phil and Aundrea Bannatyne
Phil and Aundrea Bannatyne

Her close friend Martin MacLaren said Aundrea had carefully planned her funeral.

"It was Aundrea's wish that everyone wear something purple, but only if they have it - a scarf, tie or just a tissue due to the symbolism of pancreatic cancer awareness," he said.

"I would like to think that she will be looking down on the day and will see people dressed in purple. We have been inundated with people asking about the funeral arrangements, and we are expecting hundreds of people to attend.

"Her family are happy for anyone to attend to celebrate her life - it will all be about Aundrea."

The service will begin at 1pm at the East Belfast Mission followed by burial at Roselawn Cemetery.

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