Brave Anna’s legacy is a sizeable contribution to funding cancer research

AN RAF hero who lost her battle against cancer will be fondly remembered for her bravery and courage in helping others.

Flight Sergeant Anna Irwin, from Fulford, recently lost her battle against a rare form of lung cancer, but before she died she raised over £70,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and cancer research at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital.

The 37 year old did so by engaging in a series of sponsored gruelling challenges, including a parachute drop and climbing Ben Nevis, after defying doctors by leaving her wheelchair.

Anna’s RAF service included a tour of duty in war-torn Afghanistan, where her mission included lifting comrades to safety by helicopter while under fire.

Prince Charles presented Anna with a medal for Most Outstanding Airman at The Sun Military Awards in 2013.

A former pupil at Blythe Bridge High School, Anna, who had chemotherapy at The Royal Marsden, spent her final days at St Michael’s Hospice in Basingstoke.