Mother dies after raising £40,000 for sons

SYDNEY – A woman with motor neurone disease who raised more than £40,000 to enable her sons to live with her sister in Australia has died, BBC reported.

Sam Kyme, 34, from Banbury, could no longer talk, but made the plea through her friends on a crowdfunding website. The cash will be used to fund the funeral, plane tickets, and legal and school fees.

Sister Pippa Hughes said she passed away on Thursday “knowing everything is sorted for her kids”.

Ms Hughes lives in Australia and it was her sister’s “last wish” that her sons Joey and Harry could live with her there.

“It’s amazing how life can change in a year,” Ms Hughes said. “This time last year it was Christmas and we were all together and this year it’s completely changed.  “There was no warning, you just never know what’s going to happen. “We’ve got a few days now to scream and shout and cry, but Christmas, we’re going to make it for Sam.”

Friend Susanna Howard said Ms Kyme died “peacefully with her family around her”.

“The family are deeply saddened but also relieved that she is no longer suffering,” she said.

“We know that Sam would like everyone to celebrate her life by raising a glass to her and her family at this festive time.”

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