Brave Leona Shinn from Hampshire loses leukaemia fight

Daily Echo: Leona Shinn Leona Shinn

A BRAVE Hampshire mum has lost her battle with leukaemia, after suffering from the disease for two years.

Leona Shinn, 28, was given the devastating news that she had cancer in October 2010, just a month after she got married.

Leona, who had worked as a carer at Fleming House in Southampton before her diagnosis, was determined to raise thousands of pounds for charity as she battled cancer.

She organised a children’s fun day in aid of the Daily Echo-backed Red & White Appeal at the Irish Club in Eastleigh just weeks before her death – raising £1,300 for the cause.

Leona, from Sedgwick Road, Bishopstoke, also took part in the Race for Life Twilight in Southampton last month and was planning more fundraising for the Mountbatten Hospice in West End, where she received care.

Leona leaves husband Martin, 33, and children Harry, 4, and Olivia, 5.

Her mother-in-law Sharon Shinn, 50, also from Bishopstoke, said that Leona always put her family first.

She added: “She was the bravest person – she carried on normally and was a brilliant mum to her children.

“The first thing she thought of was always other people and never herself.

“Even at the end she was there cooking for the children, her house was immaculate.

“There’s been lots of time spent in hospital but she just kept fighting.

“We knew the prognosis wasn’t good but it’s still a massive shock.

“She had written everything down for the family.

“She knew she was dying and she was prepared – more prepared than we realised.

“That was just the kind of woman she was.”

Mrs Shinn added: “We’re so proud to have had her in our family – she enhanced everybody’s lives.”

Leona’s funeral takes place on Monday at the Wessex Vale Crematorium in West End at 1.45pm.

Instead of sending flowers, donations should be made to the Countess Mountbatten House hospice.

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5:44am Fri 9 Nov 12

Juliek1958 says...

A very brave woman indeed. Having lost my own daughter almost 10 years ago aged 23 my heart goes out to Leona's family at this very sad time.
A very brave woman indeed. Having lost my own daughter almost 10 years ago aged 23 my heart goes out to Leona's family at this very sad time. Juliek1958
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7:41am Fri 9 Nov 12

Lockssmart says...

What a sad story.
What a sad story. Lockssmart
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9:04am Fri 9 Nov 12

fieldersd says...

godbless, what a sad story - thoughts with her family - such a sad cruel world when children so young lose a parent.
godbless, what a sad story - thoughts with her family - such a sad cruel world when children so young lose a parent. fieldersd
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9:56am Fri 9 Nov 12

buttonsandbrooms456 says...

Such a brave lady. I can se why her family are so proud of her. Such an inspirational person. My condolences go out to her family and friends who I'm sure will miss her dearly.
Such a brave lady. I can se why her family are so proud of her. Such an inspirational person. My condolences go out to her family and friends who I'm sure will miss her dearly. buttonsandbrooms456
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3:07pm Fri 9 Nov 12

ottred says...

God bless you. rest in peace.
God bless you. rest in peace. ottred
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7:10pm Fri 9 Nov 12

lavalady says...

God bless you rest in peace.
God bless you rest in peace. lavalady
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9:05pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Eljacludeb says...

Its always difficult when an illness like this takes away someone so young with a young family! Having lost a sister in law with children at a young age, you always worry what will happen in the future. In time the sadness will hopefully be replaced by memories of the fun you all shared. A brave lady rip!
Its always difficult when an illness like this takes away someone so young with a young family! Having lost a sister in law with children at a young age, you always worry what will happen in the future. In time the sadness will hopefully be replaced by memories of the fun you all shared. A brave lady rip! Eljacludeb
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3:35pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Doctor Watson says...

Terribly sad story. RIP Leona
Terribly sad story. RIP Leona Doctor Watson
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9:09am Sun 11 Nov 12

Redhat says...

Fly with the angels Leona. R.I.P
Fly with the angels Leona. R.I.P Redhat
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12:42pm Sun 11 Nov 12

saintinpattaya says...

R.I.P. Your family are in my prayers. god bless you all. So sad to read.
R.I.P. Your family are in my prayers. god bless you all. So sad to read. saintinpattaya
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2:34pm Sun 11 Nov 12

margie933 says...

Oh how so sad! Another angel above to look down on her little ones R.I.P.''
My heart goes out to your Family''
Oh how so sad! Another angel above to look down on her little ones R.I.P.'' My heart goes out to your Family'' margie933
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1:56am Sat 24 Nov 12

PhilWeldon says...

Can i say as Leona's Brother and on behalf of all the family and friends, a massive thank you to all people who a=have commented, she moved people when she was alive and continues to do so, thank you all for the kind words and for your love and support. Most of all thank you Leona, you will live on in your actions and our hearts xxx
Can i say as Leona's Brother and on behalf of all the family and friends, a massive thank you to all people who a=have commented, she moved people when she was alive and continues to do so, thank you all for the kind words and for your love and support. Most of all thank you Leona, you will live on in your actions and our hearts xxx PhilWeldon
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