The family of an Eastbourne mother of two who died suddenly while on holiday have thanked people after hundreds of pounds were raised in her memory for charity.
Forty-six-year-old Marisa Girling passed away after being taken ill while on holiday with her husband Glenn in Cape Verde off the African coast on October 2 last year.
More than 350 people attended her funeral at Eastbourne Crematorium in November and almost £1,000 has been raised in her memory for the Royal Marsden Hospital, which Marisa supported.
Marisa grew up in Old Town and attended Ratton School before going to work at the Abbey National and then St Bede’s Prep School as bursar.
She had been with husband Glenn for 30 years and the couple had two children, Rosie 24, and 20-year-old George.
Marisa and Glenn headed for a break to Cape Verde towards the end of September last year but Marisa became unwell at their hotel and was transferred to a hospital on the island before being flown to a larger hospital in Tenerife.
Despite efforts to save her, she passed away within hours.
Doctors believe she died of septicemia, more commonly known as blood poisoning.
The family faced a long wait for Marisa to be repatriated back to the UK and after five weeks she was given a send off at Eastbourne Crematorium and afterwards at the Eastbourne Working Men’s Club in Firle Road.
Glenn, a taxi driver, said this week, “We would like to thank everyone who came along to Marisa’s funeral and despite everything, it was a really nice day and Marisa would have loved it.
“We are also very grateful to everyone who donated to the Royal Marsden Hospital in her memory. It is a fantastic amount and is a charity close to our hearts as a family.”
Later this year Marisa’s daughter Rosie and around 20 friends will take part as a group called Marisa’s Marchers in the Marsden March.
It takes place on Sunday March 22 and is a 14-mile or a 5-mile sponsored walk between the Royal Marsden’s hospitals in Chelsea and Sutton. Over the last four years the event has raised £4.5 million to help build a future beyond cancer.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so via Justgiving.com/Rosiegirling