Sad twist for fundraiser
TRUDY Fitzpatrick lost her fight against cancer last week.
The much-loved Tweed Heads character who spent much of her time helping others didn't make it to her fundraiser on Sunday.
The big sausage sizzle by the sea at Fingal Head was organised to help Ms Fitzpatrick cope financially as she fought through the ravishes of chemotherapy.
But the fundraiser went ahead as hundreds of people gathered to "sing her praises" and remember the vibrant and dynamic woman who called everyone "luvey" and who could make the worst curses sound like honey dripping from her lips.
"She saw the funny side of everything and even when she swore, she sounded like the perfect lady," laughed her close friend Tracy Finch.
"If you were able to paint the spectrum that made up her rainbow of friends, then you would see something really spectacular.
"She will be sorely missed."
Ms Fitzpatrick's sister Alison Barnfield described her as "Dad's favourite."
"She had a way of melting hearts," she said.
Ms Fitzpatrick also had a talent for hairdressing, cutting and styling her friends' hair.
"The quality of the haircut depended on the number of gin and tonics consumed," Ms Finch said.
"It didn't matter at the time, because it would be the next day before you looked at it because you had as many gins as her.
"She was a great character and lived life to the full."
The fundraiser saw donations from several businesses, community organisations and the general public.