A FORMER student of Cirencester Deer Park School has died at the age of 29 following a brave and lengthy battle against a returning brain tumour.

Lyndsey Roughton, who was well known throughout Cirencester for her extensive fundraising work, died on Wednesday, February 26 after living with the disease for five years.

The 29-year-old thought she had beaten cancer twice after she was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009.

However, three years later in 2012 doctors delivered the devastating news that her brain tumour had returned and that it was terminal.

Lyndsey’s aunt Liz Maw, who works at the Friar Tuck fish and chip shop in Dyer Street, paid tribute to her “brave” niece on social networking site Facebook.

She wrote: “She has shown us all how to live our lives and that, no matter what, we should never give up. She has been an inspiration to so many people.”

After being given the terminal diagnosis, Lyndsey’s family and friends rallied together to raise £10,000 to send her on the holiday of a lifetime to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Lyndsey’s dream holiday to South East Asia became a reality after a mystery Samaritan donated £5,000 to her cause.

Before jetting off, Lyndsey spoke to the Standard to show her gratitude to all those who helped her.

She said: “All I can say is thank you but I don’t feel like that is enough. I am just so, so grateful.”

A funeral service for Lyndsey will take place in Manchester, where she had been living since her diagnosis, at the Blackley Crematorium on Thursday, March 13 at 1pm.