Bid to raise £10,000 in memory of Gail

Gail Simpson

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A former personal banker at Barclays in Burnley and Blackburn has died after a brave fight against ovarian cancer.

Gail Simpson (61) died at her home in Smithyfield Avenue, Worsthorne, surrounded by her family.

And now in her memory her family aim to raise £10,000 over the next 12 months for Pendleside Hospice.

Gail worked at Barclays for 35 years before joining the Department for Works and Pensions at Simonstone.

A former student at Towneley High School, Gail was married to Alan Simpson, deputy editor of the Lancashire Telegraph, and had two daughters, Laura (27) and Hannah ( 23) and stepsons Mark (35) and Jon Paul (31).

A keen Burnley fan, Gail was well known in the vice-presidents’ lounge at Turf Moor.

Close family friend and former Clarets manager Stan Ternent said: “My wife, Kath, and I have just lost a very dear friend. We have been fortunate enough to have spent many happy times over the years with Gail, Alan and our families both at home and abroad.

“We will miss her smiling face and zest for life. She was unique and will be sadly missed by many.”

And former Mayor of Burnley Coun David Heginbotham said: “Gail was a lovely lady. We have many memories of her and her lovely smile”

Gail’s funeral will be at 10-45am at St John The Evangelist Church, Worsthorne, on Wednesday, followed by cremation at Burnley Crematorium at noon.