Fundraiser and Third Sector blogger Jane Bardsley dies, aged 39

Sector figures pay tribute to Bardsley, head of major giving at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, who had advanced bowel cancer

Jane Bardsley
Jane Bardsley

Tributes have been paid to Jane Bardsley, head of major giving at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, who died on Sunday from cancer.

Bardsley, who was 39, was a blogger for Third Sector and had written about her diagnosis of advanced bowel cancer and how it had influenced and affected her work as a fundraiser.

Liz Tait, director of fundraising at Battersea, said: "Jane has been a huge inspiration, not only to her own team at Battersea, but to people across the entire fundraising sector. As one of the home’s most dynamic characters, Jane worked tirelessly, with passion, professionalism and always with a sense of humour.

"Jane cared passionately about Battersea’s dogs and cats and about the difference that fundraising can make to the world. This showed in absolutely everything she did and enabled her to transform the home's partnerships with corporate supporters, trusts and major donors.

"Jane’s Third Sector blog was beautifully written and immensely popular. Her last post was about what being diagnosed with cancer had taught her about fundraising. She inspired so many people who were following her story. Jane has certainly taught us all a lot about passion, positivity, determination and resilience. She was surrounded by laughter and happiness and was determined to be so, right up until the end."

In a blog published in August on ThirdSector.co.uk, she wrote: "Last August I was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer. As well as my primary, I have tumours in my liver and lungs and they’re currently inoperable.

"Being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness certainly sharpens your perspective and, for me, writing my ‘bucket list’ suddenly felt a lot more acute than ever before. Most importantly, I want to have made a difference.

"I want to know that when I die the world is a slightly better place for me having been in it."

Bardsley, who lived in Redhill, Surrey with her husband, Alistair Clegg, and three young children, also wrote about her illness through her personal blog Updates from Sylvan Way.

Her husband has set up a fundraising page for Beating Bowel Cancer in her memory.

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