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'Tirelessly devoted' campaigner Amanda Westlake loses battle with cancer

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 19, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson

  • Amanda in 2013 at the Race for Life event in Gloucester Park

  • Amanda on a gay pride march in 2009

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Amanda Westlake, the 'tirelessly devoted' campaigner for gay women, has lost her battle with cancer.

Her neighbour Jo Vickers, a member of the Cooper's Edge Community Trust, said: "Amanda was a wonderful neighbour. She always spoke to our children and we were so inspired by her courageous fight. We will miss her and her little dog Lily."

Gloucester's gay community learnt of her death last night and have spoken of their shock.

John Huggins, owner of The Westgate bar, said: "We are all still completely in shock and are devastated since hearing the news last night that Amanda tragically lost her battle with cancer.

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"She was such a strong and inspirational woman who was never happien than when she was selflessly helping other people.

"The impact and legacy that she left on the Gloucestershire gay scene is immense and I know that through her work with the Gloucestershire Gay Girls, not only gas she helped literally thousands of women come to terms with themselves and provided help and non-stop support, but she has also helped to shape every part of the LGBT family in Gloucestershire.

"Having spoken to the chairman of Gloucestershire Pride, Amanda's best friend Josie, last night, we are both absolutely adamant that the Gloucestershire Gay Girls and Pride will never forget the sheer dedication, help and support that Amanda tirelessly devoted to improving the lives of the gay community, and that her dreams will live on through them forever.

"Our love and support goes out to all of Amanda's friends and her family at this tragic and truly heartbreaking time."

Amanda founded the Gloucestershire Gay Girls group.

Staff at The Westgate are planning a charity fundraising event in her memory to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Amanda took part in the Race for Life in Gloucester Park in 2013 after being given the all clear in her fight against breast cancer. At the time, she said: “I took part last year because I was going through breast cancer, I was diagnosed in August 2012. It was such a shock but I went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy and was given the all clear in October last year.

“At the same time I was diagnosed, I knew two or three people who had the same illness but did not survive. It is so important to raise awareness because they reckon one in three have cancer. Everybody knows someone who has it. My friends helped me through the run last year.”

Leave your tributes to Amanda below or e-mail mike.wilkinson@glosmedia.co.uk

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  • Ruthmorley  |  April 19 2014, 6:32PM

    Amanda was an inspiration to us all and we will miss her hugely...

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