Kate Winslet has spoken of her devastation after learning of the death of a ‘wonderful’ mother for whose cancer treatment she helped to pay.
The Hollywood actress raised money for experimental immunotherapy for 29-year-old Gemma Nuttall, from Lancashire, who died on Sunday following a five-year battle.
Ms Nuttall was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when pregnant with her daughter, Penelope, but delayed chemotherapy to save the life of her unborn baby.
She was successfully treated after the birth but the cancer returned and Winslet, along with Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, helped her raise £300,000 to have therapy in Germany.
Winslet said her death was ‘tragically sad’ and described Ms Nuttall as ‘a beacon of strength’, adding ‘my heart breaks for her mum and daughter’.
Ms Nuttall’s mother, Helen Sproates, announced the death of her daughter in a Facebook post at 9.43am last Sunday, October 14.
Winslet told MailOnline: ‘My heart is solely with Helen, Penelope and all of the family at this tragically sad time. Gemma was such a beacon of strength and fought this battle so incredibly hard, with grace and dignity throughout. It was a privilege for me to be let into her life for a brief time and to try and help.’
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her…