A WIFE and her sons have been tirelessly fundraising after her husband died from cancer.

Anne Boylan was devastated when her husband Paul was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2015.

He received treatment at Colchester General Hospital for a few months until the November of that year.

Sadly for Paul, his health started deteriorating. He died aged 50 in August 2016.

Anne, from Colchester, said: "In the November we received the devastating news his cancer was no longer curable and any chemotherapy would purely be to give him a few more months with us.

"During the treatment, Paul received wonderful care and compassion from the chemotherapy nurses who treated him no differently to anyone whose treatment would cure them.

"They did everything they could to keep him with his family longer and it enabled us to have a long weekend away in May on the Norfolk Broads with Pauls brother and sisters and their families, and is truly a weekend we will never forget.

"He was a wonderful man, caring, funny and loved all his family, especially his boys. He is greatly missed."

She and her sons, Connor, 14, and Callum, 12, said it has been a real privilege being able to raise money for the Gazette-backed Cancer Centre Campaign in his memory.

She said: "I know he’ll be proud of us and we are so happy to be able to raise money to see the new cancer centre offer a much needed space and environment for cancer patients across Colchester.

"Knowing we are helping others on their cancer journey in the future makes getting through each day more bearable. It’s something positive to focus on.

"But it goes without saying that we could not have raised such a large amount without the help and support of friends, family and colleagues along with local businesses who donated raffle prizes."

Over the past two years they have raised more than £6,000 for St Helena Hospice, Cancer Research And the Cancer Centre Campaign.

Earlier this month Anne and her sons put on a quiz night and raised a further £1,500 solely for the Cancer Centre Campaign.