Aged just 31, Christina was instrumental in driving the newspaper’s Smiles at Christmas Appeal last December which raised an incredible £130,800 for its chosen charity CLIC Sargent.
The money raised is now helping to pay for free accommodation for families at Homes from Home near the hospitals, care from our team of nurses, play specialists and social workers and giving financial grants to families.
Courtney Western, CLIC Sargent’s Assistant Director of Media and Engagement, said: “We are all so incredibly sad, what Christina did last Christmas for children and young people with cancer was truly inspirational and we were really touched by her enthusiasm and energy.
"She was so hugely determined to raise as much money for CLIC Sargent as possible - she worked tirelessly travelling up and down the country, doing long hours, always finding time to squeeze in one more interview and make sure every last detail was covered.
"What we loved most about Christina is this wasn’t about just getting some good stories for the paper, she genuinely cared; she made every family she met and story she told, feel so special."
"Christina used her tremendous journalistic talent to do all she could for children and young people with cancer which made a massive difference to the families we support.
"The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards, which Christina masterminded are a brilliant example of how she used this talent to reward some heroes who often get overlooked, the nurses and care teams who are in the background.
"This is why she loved the day she spent on the wards with CLIC Sargent children’s cancer nurse Karen and came away so personally determined to make the Smiles at Christmas fundraising appeal such a success.
"Despite being so busy, Christina found the time to organise extra special touches for our families such as arranging for one mum of a little boy with cancer who really needed a boost, to have her hair and make up done for a photoshoot and making sure that six-year-old Amelia Winbsury and her family who attended the Who Cares Wins Awards were treated like royalty.
"Sadly at CLIC Sargent we know all too well when you lose a brilliant young woman like Christina, there really are no words that can explain or help. But an incredible legacy that she leaves is that this year, thanks to the money Christina and Sun readers raised, hundreds of children and young people won’t have to face cancer alone.”