Terminally-ill mother finally laid to rest after funeral savings stolen in Dewsbury

Michelle Goodhall's funeral at Dewsbury Crematorium.
Michelle Goodhall's funeral at Dewsbury Crematorium.
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A terminally-ill mother whose funeral savings were stolen by thugs finally had a fitting send off – after Good Samaritans offered to pay for the service instead.

Michelle Goodall, 36, died at a hospice last week after battling an illness following complications from a lung transplant.

The mum-of-two from Dewsbury was bereft when thieves broke into her home last year and stole £7,000 cash that she had saved for her ceremony.

But thanks to generous benefactors, Michelle’s family was able to give her the send-off she had wanted.

Her loved ones gathered yesterday to remember her life.

Husband John Goodall and daughters Laura, 14, and Nicola, 16, attended the ceremony, along with 100 others who came to pay their respects.

John, 61, said: “It’s unbelievable that there are people willing to help you.

“Michelle was very grateful that she didn’t have to worry about it anymore.”

The funeral, held at Dewsbury Crematorium, was arranged and held by the National Federation of Funeral Directors who solved the family’s plight after reading the tragic story in a newspaper.

The flowers were donated by kind-hearted florists.

At the service, tributes were paid to Michelle, who had been ill and disabled for 12 years, receiving full-time care from her husband John.

Michelle’s aunt Hazel Brook said: “It’s wonderful that someone stepped in and made sure she got the funeral she deserved.

“She would have been so happy and would be up there smiling.”

A 14-year-old boy and 24-year-old man were arrested in November in connection with the theft and released on bail. Enquiries are ongoing.

Stephen Byrne.

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