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From the Portsmouth "NEWS" 12th January 2001

BEFORE Lesley Johnson died she made husband Cliff promise he would climb Ben Nevis on their wedding anniversary.

She knew he had always wanted to scale the mountain for a third time and asked that he place her favourite cuddly toy and flowers on its peak.

It was the dying wish of a selfless woman who lost an eight-month battle against brain tumours last Thursday, just hours after her 42nd birthday.

Lesley is best remembered for her tireless community work, dedicating more than 25 years to youth work. As a testament to her character, more than 200 people attended St Mary's Church in Portchester for her funeral.

Cliff Johnson, 43, said: 'We are going to put her favourite cuddly toy - the first cuddly toy I bought her as a friend - and some red roses at the very top with a little message.'

Born and bred in Portsmouth, Lesley received a 25-year service award for her youth work from Hampshire County Council in 2000.

Lesley leaves behind children Clifford, 20, Daniel, 16, and Kirsty, 12.