Tributes after mum of eight Natasha Duffin, 29, dies six days after being diagnosed with cancer

Bournemouth Echo: Natasha with seven of her eight children and husband Andrew Natasha with seven of her eight children and husband Andrew

A GRIEVING husband has paid tribute to a 29-year-old mother of eight from Hamworthy who died just six days after being diagnosed with cancer.

Natasha Duffin passed away in Southampton General Hospital with husband, Andrew, 38, by her side on January 19, following tests which found that she had leukaemia, after the discovery of a lump on her neck.

She leaves behind children, Brandon, 12, Bradley, 11, Shannon, nine, A.J, seven, Alfie, six, Megan, five, Jack, three, and Brooke, who turns two on February 14, 2014.

Andrew says that he fell in love with Natasha the moment that he met her, when he was 24 and she was 16, after he was introduced to her through friends.

He added: “I will never ever meet another woman like her.

“I just have to look at these babies every day and I will be reminded of Tash.

“They are all that is keeping me going at the moment.

“She was a full-time mum, who was totally dedicated to the children.

“They were her world.”

Natasha was described as having a wicked sense of humour and enjoyed crafting, decorating her nails and shoes with glitter and sparkly gemstones, as well as turning her hand to making wedding bouquets.

Andrew’s niece, also named Natasha, described her aunty as a quiet person at first, until people got to know her, and then she would ‘come out of her shell.’ She added: “Natasha was very caring, loving and willing to help others.

“The fact is, that everything she did was for her children and her husband.

“It’s just a horrible fact that every time I look at those children, it makes it even sadder, because they want their mummy but she can’t be there.”

Andrew also thanked Charlie Loveday, from Ives & Shand funeral directors for her ongoing support to his children and extended family, without which he says they would not have been able to cope.

For details of Natasha’s funeral, visit the website funeraldirector.co.uk/funeral/natasha-duffin

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5:54am Mon 3 Feb 14

ShuttleX says...

Rest in Peace Natasha
Rest in Peace Natasha ShuttleX

8:02am Mon 3 Feb 14

mac340v8 says...

Tragic. B*****d Cancer!
Tragic. B*****d Cancer! mac340v8

9:48am Mon 3 Feb 14

tammy5583 says...

Bless u andy and kids wally here for u if u need anything x
Bless u andy and kids wally here for u if u need anything x tammy5583

9:55am Mon 3 Feb 14

hamworthygirl says...

So sad to read this poor family its bad enough when someone passes away even more so when so young. Sure he has lots of family and friends to help with looking after the children, im sure they will know what a brave and lovely mummy they had.
So sad to read this poor family its bad enough when someone passes away even more so when so young. Sure he has lots of family and friends to help with looking after the children, im sure they will know what a brave and lovely mummy they had. hamworthygirl

11:11am Mon 3 Feb 14

Crystal Blooms says...

Rest In Peace Natasha x
Rest In Peace Natasha x Crystal Blooms

2:50pm Mon 3 Feb 14

JustForPoole says...

How very sad ... I really cannot think of anything worse ... my thoughts to all the family.
How very sad ... I really cannot think of anything worse ... my thoughts to all the family. JustForPoole

3:09pm Mon 3 Feb 14

dorsettech says...

How horribly fast and tragic. Having lost family members to cancer the pain and suffering it brings is awful for everyone.
Rest in peace Natasha.
How horribly fast and tragic. Having lost family members to cancer the pain and suffering it brings is awful for everyone. Rest in peace Natasha. dorsettech

9:48pm Mon 3 Feb 14

HardcoreSyco says...

Our thoughts are with you buddy from the Shrimptons xx
Our thoughts are with you buddy from the Shrimptons xx HardcoreSyco

1:35am Tue 4 Feb 14

vicki84 says...

Aw, this is heartbreaking, thoughts and love go out to the family. Cancer is so cruel. R.I.P natasha x
Aw, this is heartbreaking, thoughts and love go out to the family. Cancer is so cruel. R.I.P natasha x vicki84

4:25am Tue 4 Feb 14

charliesgirl says...

So sad, so young, thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends R.I.P.x
So sad, so young, thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends R.I.P.x charliesgirl

1:57am Wed 19 Feb 14

snowflakes says...

It is very sad to read this. All those dear children and husband loosing her so quickly.
It is very sad to read this. All those dear children and husband loosing her so quickly. snowflakes

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