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Popular Plymouth cancer campaigner Carla Riley-Wood dies aged 40

Carla Riley-Wood was a popular figure in Plymouth Photo: ITV News

A popular Plymouth mum who lost her leg to bone cancer when she was just ten years old has died.

Carla Riley-Wood, 40, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven, and later became a campaigner for greater awareness of the disease.

Carla lost her leg to cancer when she was just ten years old Credit: ITV News

I know without doubt know that Carla is a much-loved woman. She touched so many lives and gave so much of herself. I'm so proud to be her mother. I have received so many messages of support. Thank you all.

– Carla's mother
Carla Riley-Wood was described as 'inspirational' Credit: ITV News

Back in 2015 Carla featured on ITV West Country when she led a campaign to raise awareness of the disease in children.

A funeral service will be held at Devonport Guildhall on Monday, February 4.

Carla spoke to ITV West Country on Plymouth Hoe in 2015 Credit: ITV News

Carla was an inspiration to us all and even though her health limited her she powered on to make a difference. When Henry was diagnosed and we launched his appeal, she messaged me her support and told me about her own journey at Henrys age. A young girl given an awful diagnosis of bone cancer, who battled hard and eventually lost her leg to the disease. Treatments caused many problems including a debilitating lung condition which caused her to need home oxygen.

– Elsbeth Hallam, mum of Henry Hallam
Carla underwent gruelling treatment throughout her life Credit: ITV News

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