A COURAGEOUS woman who lived life to the full despite being struck by a variety of health problems has died suddenly.
Lesley Finley, 47, who lived in Lostock Hall, near Preston, was discovered dead at her home by her husband Aidan. Doctors later told her devastated family her death was caused by the calcification of her arteries.
Friends and family have been left devastated by the death of Lesley, who was chairman of Disability Equality (NW) and have described her as an “inspiration”.
Her mum Sandra Prince, 69, who lives in Grimsargh, near Preston, said: “Lesley had many health problems, but she never let them stand in her way.
“She used to be a nurse, but at the age of 25, she was registered blind.
“Her visual impairment was caused by diabetes which she was diagnosed with at the age of 10.
“Lesley had two kidney transplants during her life as well as two pancreas transplants.
“She was also a bilateral amputee, but not many people realised she had both legs amputeed as she wore prosthetic legs.
“She had a number of other health issues, but despite everything, she fought it all.
“Lesley was an inspiration to everyone.”
Lesley’s husband Aidan said: “Lesley was vivacious and had tenacity and led from the front.
“She never complained about anything despite everything she went through in her life.”
Melanie Close, chief executive at Disability Equality (NW) Ltd which is based on Church Street, Preston, said: “As chairman, Lesley was ultimately responsible for the organisation including all the governance, financial and personnel issues that go with running a large charity.
“But she wasn’t daunted by this and it never fazed her.
“She worked extremely hard to ensure she knew what was going on and she had all the right information and was there when we needed her.
“Lesley was a strong and supportive leader and led by example quietly conquering her own fears to empower others to do the same.
“Lesley was a lot of fun to be around and we all have some great memories.”
l Lesley’s funeral was held today at Our Lady and St Patrick’s Church in Walton-le-Dale at 11am.