Loving Cornwall mum, 31, tragically loses lengthy battle with illness

Sharna Lawrence, 31 and son Jack, 12
-Credit: (Image: GoFundMe)


A loving mum who was "stronger than most" passed away following a lengthy illness that she fought until the very end. Sharna Lawrence, 31, died on Sunday, July 7.

The mum-of-one, from Illogan near Redruth, had been diagnosed with kidney failure more than a decade ago. Described as a loving daughter and sister, she also leaves behind her 12-year-old son Jack.

David Clarke, a close friend of Sharna's, has paid tribute to her saying she was "such a strong person". He said: "Anyone else would have been depressed in her situation but she was in and out of the hospital all the time and took everything in her stride."

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He told CornwallLive: "She was stronger than most of us because she never let it get to her and even until the end she was going in for dialysis and was saying she was going to be better. Her body sadly got to a point where even if she could have a transplant her body wasn't strong enough, unfortunately."

A fundraising page has been set up to raise costs for her funeral and to help her family in their grief. David adds: "We never planned for this and all of a sudden we're trying to put everything together."

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Sophie Phelps, who set up the GoFundMe page wrote: "As most now know our beautiful Sharna passed away on the 7th of July at only 31 years old! Sharna was the best mum, daughter, sister, friend and more to everyone and lit up any room.

"This fundraiser is being made to help ease the cost of her funeral and to purchase jewellery for keepsakes with her ashes after. Any money that is left over will be used for her son Jack who is only 12 and has now lost his mum.

"Please donate anything you can even if it’s only a pound it will all help and will help with Jack's future. Thank you." So far more than £2,000 has been raised. View and donate here.