Mourners gathered on Monday to say a tearful farewell to beloved Ashington mum-of-five Jennifer Mason.

"Loving, compassionate and special", Jennifer died earlier this month of the cervical cancer she was diagnosed with in March 2020.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has apologised to her family for failing to identify the disease when she was first hospitalised in 2019, and says it has changed its systems in a bid to prevent future cancer diagnoses from being missed.

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The life and soul of any party, Jennifer was loved by many in Ashington, as well as in Walker, Newcastle, where she grew up.

In the aftermath of her tragic death, hundreds of people offered donations to help fund her funeral, and on Monday their contributions allowed her loved ones to say goodbye in a moving ceremony at Blyth Crematorium.

Addressing the congregation which filled the chapel and spilled over into an additional room, celebrant Andy Johnson said Jennifer would be remembered as a "loving and caring" mother and friend, who could also be "stubborn and single-minded".

Jennifer Mason
Jennifer Mason

Celebrating her "creative" nature and love of helping to throw parties, he said: "She was a wonderful person who always made people feel good about themselves."

Jennifer was a "phenomenal mother and true homemaker who loved big families", he added.

Friends and family reflected on their memories of the "bubbly" and adventurous mum as her favourite karaoke song, Adele's Someone Like You, played, before hearing a poem written for her by partner Simon Mason-Dodd.

In his poem, Simon spoke of his love for the woman he'd hoped to marry. Despite the pain of missing her, he said he continued to see her in their children, Brennan, 14, Deja, 11, Kiefyn, eight, Esyka, seven, and Xander, five.

Part of the poem said: "I know you'll never be far Jen and our children will always know exactly where you are, as I see you in their faces, as their beautiful faces glow."

In a heartbreaking message read by the celebrant, Simon, 39, added: "Jennifer, you are everything to me and always will be. You will never truly leave us and our hearts will forever radiate love for you."

In Jennifer's memory, Simon hopes to encourage anyone worried about possible cervical cancer symptoms to seek medical help. You can find out more about possible signs of the disease at

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