Gospel celebration remembers Keisha

Pictured at Home is the Husband of Keisha Ferrigon, Lee Farrigon,''Lee Wife Keisha Passed away in December 2010 after a very short Illness.'Keisha & Lee on their Wedding day

Pictured at Home is the Husband of Keisha Ferrigon, Lee Farrigon,''Lee Wife Keisha Passed away in December 2010 after a very short Illness.'Keisha & Lee on their Wedding day

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MORE than 450 people gathered to celebrate the life of remarkable Sheffield woman Keisha Ferrigon, a year and a day after her tragic death.

Education worker Keisha, from the Manor, passed away last November aged just 32, with a rare form of stomach cancer.

Her husband Lee, 35, has pledged to carry on her life’s work, helping others.

He launched the new Keisha Ferrigon Foundation at a sold-out gospel fundraising concert - entitled New Hope - in the Mecure St Paul’s Hotel.

Lee, who works as an inclusion manager at Meadowhead School, said: “It was an amazing night, a fantastic night.

“The last few days have been very hard and it was an emotional event for many people.

“But it was a real celebration of Keisha’s life.”

UK Gospel artists including Isaiah Raymond Dyer, Gospel Inc and the New Direction Ministry Choral wowed the audience. Lee took to the stage to say: “In death we mourn, in our pain we grieve, but we celebrate life, and we continue to do so through our New Hope.”

Keisha’s sister Kelly-Ann, who could not make the concert, sent a written piece.

It said: “How do you put a beautiful person in words? Unselfishness radiated as she walked through the valley of the shadow of death. Keisha’s true greatness was found in humility, a readiness to repent, gentleness, patience, being unassuming, loving and just, pure-heartedness.”

Ticket proceeds from the night will go to Sheffield charity PACT - the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia.

The Keisha Ferrigon Foundation will focus on continuing her mission working with youngsters and carrying out health programmes in schools and the city’s deprived areas.

Lee - who this summer donated a kidney to a friend in Keisha’s memory - said: “The fact that Keisha is gone is unchangeable. But we can continue with the things she was all about - helping others.”

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