THE mother of a Bradford girl, who had a Leukaemia charity set-up in her memory, has died at the age of 87.

Irene Fox and husband Colin served as trustees and were instumental in forming The Annette Fox Leukaemia Research Fund.

The charity was created in 1980 after Annette sadly lost her life to the terrible form of cancer at just 17.

Since then, several millions of pounds have been raised to gain a dedicated unit, patient grants, equipment, transport, research and education.

Irene sadly passed away on May 9.

Founder Trustee of the Annette Fox Fund, Prof. Liakat Parapia, said: "Irene and Colin played such an important role in the lives of so many people in the Bradford area.

"Colin and Irene were instrumental in gathering together a small group of local people to support them in their quest for better services and support in the Bradford area for patients like Annette.

"I had the privilege of looking after Annette and since her death Irene and Colin became very close family friends.

"Irene was a wonderful person, always friendly, enthusiastic and supportive. She had a great sense of humour and always pointed us in the right direction. She will be missed by us all."

Donations at the family's request may be made to Annette Fox Leukaemia Research Fund at the BRI or via the Just Giving link by clicking here.

* The original version of this story said Irene 'leaves behind son Paul'. In fact, Paul pre-deceased Irene and we would like to apologise for the error.