A FUNDRAISER has been set up for the family of a former Winchester man who died from cancer.

David Strange was only diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer last month, after being admitted to hospital at the beginning of August with a bowel perforation.

At the end of September, he returned to hospital in more pain and severe swelling. Following a laparoscopy it was found that the cancer had spread too far too quickly, with surgery or chemotherapy no longer an option.

Hampshire Chronicle: David StrangeDavid Strange (Image: Kelly Strange)David started palliative care at Salisbury Hospice, where he died on Saturday, October 14.

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The 50-year-old had lived most of his life in Winchester, being raised in Colden Common and working at the Tesco supermarket at Winnall for more than 10 years before moving to Ringwood with his family.

A fundraiser has been started by friends of the family to provide for David’s wife, Kelly, and their two sons. At time of writing it has raised £9,804 against a target of £10,000.

The fundraising page says: “David's departure will leave an immense void in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He is a man of unwavering strength, boundless love, and profound dedication to his family. David's final wish is to ensure the security and well-being of his wife and two boys, as they navigate a world without his guidance.

Hampshire Chronicle: David with his familyDavid with his family (Image: Kelly Strange)“As friends, we have the opportunity to come together and make a real difference in the lives of the Strange family during this incredibly challenging time. We understand that the emotional burden they bear is immeasurable, and we want to ease the financial burdens that often accompany such devastating loss.”

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The funds raised will go towards covering the costs of David’s funeral and providing for any immediate needs the family has.

In an update on the fundraising page, David’s widow Kelly said: “We will obviously miss him so much, he was our rock and was exceptionally strong until the end.”

To donate to the campaign, visit gofundme.com/f/david-strange-supporting-the-strange-family.