Tributes to socialite, 48

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a “bright and vivacious” socialite who lost a 10-year cancer battle in Brazil.

Mandy Robinson had travelled to South America in a final bid to beat the breast cancer.

But the 48-year-old, of Nelson Way, Lytham, finally lost her fight against the disease in Camacari, Brazil, last week.

Her brother-in-law, Stuart West, said: “She was a gifted socialite.

“She had a tremendously wide circle of friends who simply adored her. She was tremendous, a real tenacious fighter.”

Mr West said Mandy, who attended Queen Mary School, had decided to travel to Brazil after doctors treating her at Manchester’s Christie Hospital warned chemotherapy could only help so much.

Described as “resourceful to the last”, she travelled to an alternative treatment clinic for a four-week treatment in January. But despite a successful procedure, Mandy died after falling ill with complications.

Mr West added: “She met someone who had heard good reports about the Brazil clinic and thought she’d give it a go. That’s the sort of can-do girl she was.

“Family members were able to go out to Brazil to be with her for her last two weeks.”

After leaving school in Lytham, Mandy went on to study fashion design at De Montfort University, and worked in the industry before moving into pharmaceuticals.

An active fundraiser, Mandy was holding fundraising coffee mornings at her Lytham home right up until she flew out to Brazil, and she also regularly ran the Race for Life in Blackpool.

Mr West added: “She never stopped. She was an active fundraiser and was constantly on the go right until the last minute.”

Mandy died on Saturday, March 26, and leaves behind her three sisters, Susan Moor, Mr West’s wife Gillian and Donna Robinson.

The funeral will be held at the White Church on Clifton Drive South, Lytham, from 1.30pm on Friday, April 15.