Tributes paid to a charity founder who spent her life saving others

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Tributes have been paid to a charity founder from Hartcliffe who dedicated her life to helping others.

Lorraine Bush set up the substance misuse charity Hawkspring more than 15 years ago in South Bristol.

In July 2018 Lorraine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and started a three month chemotherapy treatment.

In November 2018 she was told her chemotherapy had been unsuccessful so her family started to try and raise money for a DNA treatment which they thought could help her.

On April 2nd 2019 Lorraine completed her first months treatment.

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But just nine days after this post, her family announced on social media that Lorraine had passed away in her sleep.

Hawspring has been supporting drug and alcohol users and their families and carers for the last 15 years.

In 2016 the charity was under threat of closure but a last minute donation of £100,000 saved the charity.

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Tributes are being paid to Lorraine who's been described as a community champion.

The city's Mayor Marvin Rees says she was a very special person and made a huge contribution to her community.