INSPIRATIONAL fundraiser Jane Tomlinson has died after a long battle with breast cancer.
Jane – who lived in Leeds – died in St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds at 9pm last night, aged 43.
She was born in Rothwell and defied doctors’ beliefs that she had just six months to live in the summer of 2000 and took on a series of endurance feats to raise more than £1.5m for a series of charities close to her heart.
Courageous, bloody-minded and boldly honest, it was the unfailing support of her three children and 45-year-old husband, Mike, that helped keep her alive.
With a string of high-profile awards to her name, she admitted feeling “constantly surprised” that she had lived so long, but said she had an “unfinished job to do as a mum” to Suzanne, 21, Rebecca, 19, and 10-year-old Steven.
Her last big challenge was a 6781.8km ride across America - a far cry from her first race which was a 5km Race For Life in May 2001.