The family of an Alconbury woman who raised more than £25,000 for cancer charities carried out her dying wish on Friday – to be buried in her wedding dress.
Claire Senior, 40, died in her sleep at her Chapel Street home during the afternoon of Tuesday, February 3, with husband David, daughter Danielle, 16, and son Oscar, 4, at her bedside.
Claire, who was diagnosed with terminal lung and liver cancer in April 2012, organised a Wedding Wishes Ball in September 2013 to raise money for two cancer charities and had said her own wedding day was the happiest of her life.
“It took her so long to find the perfect dress, but it was worth every moment as when she came down the aisle she was dazzling, stunningly beautiful and it’s for this reason that she wanted to be interred in her wedding dress,” husband David told The Hunts Post.
Claire, who worked for an online sales team selling cars to the US military, was diagnosed with throat and mouth cancer in 2005 and after radiotherapy and surgery was given the all-clear.
But in 2012, a blood test revealed the cancer had returned and Claire was given the devastating news she had just a few months to live. In testimony to her bravery and fighting spirit, she continued to fundraise and survived for three years.
“She didn’t protest in the face of her pain, she didn’t cry or complain in the face of losing it all,” said David. “She rarely cried for herself, but she felt angry that the disease was going to rob her of spending time with the children. She adored Danielle and Oscar and she used to get very emotional at the thought of leaving them. She hated the fact she would not see Danielle walk down the aisle or Oscar go to university.”
Claire, originally from Worksop, raised more than £25,000 for cancer charities, including Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support.
She and a group of pals even bared nearly all for a calendar sold in aid of the Woodlands Centre.
Her latest fundraiser was for St Peter and St Paul Church in Alconbury where she was buried on Friday.
“She loved living in Alconbury and she wanted to do something to help the church. Her birthday is on July 24 and she always described herself as a 24/7 girl. She loved life and it loved her. She asked that people dress up for the funeral and she wanted the women to wear party dresses and high heels.
“She changed my life so magnificently and I can’t imagine what I will do without her.” INFORMATION: To make a donation to the church, visit www.gofundme.com/clairesenior.