Tributes paid to ‘exceptional’ and ‘kind’ Aisha

Aisha Coggan and her partner Francis Power
Aisha Coggan and her partner Francis Power

Tributes have been paid to a young woman battling cancer who died before she was able to undergo pioneering treatment.

Aisha Coggan, 25, from Todmorden, was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2015.

After receiving the devastating news, Aisha was treated with multiple types of chemotherapy but none were able to take her into remission. It was hoped that a new type of immunotherapy treatment, currently not funded by the NHS, could give Aisha a chance of a cure and a fundraising campaign was set up to help raise the tens of thousands of pounds needed.

An outpouring of support followed, but Aisha sadly died on February 26 after contracting pneumonia and before she was able to try immunotherapy.

Francis Power, Aisha’s partner of six-and-a-half years, said: I’d like to thank everyone in the Todmorden community for all the help and generosity they’ve shown us in these last few difficult months.

“Aisha didn’t have a long life, but she had a happy one, and I could tell she was deeply touched to see how well-liked she was in the town she was born and raised. I am looking forward to donating the proceeds to causes that were close to her, and I’m hoping to continue doing good things in her name.

“She was a selfless, kind, beautiful and intelligent young woman with the rare ability to observe and foster similar goodness in other people, and I hope I can see her again one day.”

As a former pupil of Todmorden High, the school has also paid tribute to Aisha.

Acting head teacher Gill Shirt said: “As a school we are absolutely devastated by this sad news and will always remember her as an exceptional student and, more importantly, as a kind human being.”

She thanked all who had helped in the fundraising events held at the school to contribute to Aisha’s fund.

Ms Shirt added: “Unfortunately, the £1,712 we raised as a school community will not benefit Aisha directly. Therefore as requested by Aisha’s partner, and family, it will be used to create a lasting memorial for Aisha in our school and we will hold a formal opening for this later in the year.”

An award will also be created in Aisha’s name, to be presented at the annual prize giving ceremony.