Following the sad passing of her beloved husband Paul Eastwood in 2021, she has channelled her grief into a fundraising campaign for Oxford Hospitals Charity, which supports the John Radcliffe Hospital, where Paul was looked after.

Corea decided to honour her husband's memory by supporting the Neuro ICU ward which provided compassionate care and support after a tragic accident which left Paul with skull and rib fractures. He also had to have a craniectomy to remove part of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain.

Paul remained in hospital for weeks, but sadly was not making any neurological progress and in July 2021, he was extubated and tragically passed away in hospital a few days later, leaving behind Corea and their son Harry. 

Oxford Hospitals Charity became her chosen charity to make a difference and give back to the hospital that had been so pivotal during her husband's last few weeks.

In his professional career, Paul had been a seasoned entertainer who had been performing comedy for more than 30 years. He had worked as a warm-up act for ITV television show Loose Women, had performed on cruise ships around the world and at venues up and down the country.

Speaking with Corea about her fundraising efforts she said, ‘I cannot thank the staff on the ward enough for their kindness and care at such a difficult time in my life. Their compassion for Paul, me and my family inspired me to fundraise for this department.

‘I was trying to think of a way to honour Paul's memory whilst raising money for the charity and I thought that hosting a comedy night was the perfect way.

‘We rallied friends and other comedians to join in the event and it was a huge success. So much so that we had a subsequent comedy night to raise even more money!’

But Corea was determined to continue her fundraising efforts and she did so in flying fashion!

In 2022 Corea took part in a skydive, which added to her fundraising total, bringing it to an amazing £22,000!

Mary Sunderland, Clinical Nurse Manager from the Neuro ICU Ward said,  ‘Corea is such an inspirational woman. Having got to know her and their son Harry over the last few years and it was clear to see how much she wanted to do something meaningful to honour Paul and to give something back to the hospital.’

Corea and Harry both came back to the ward to see the staff and to present a cheque for the total amount raised.

Speaking on behalf of Oxford Hospitals Charity David Child said, ‘I am humbled by Corea’s fundraising efforts and her ability to turn personal tragedy into a force for good.

‘Her generosity will have a lasting impact on our ability to support patients and their loved ones during their most challenging times.’

But Corea’s journey doesn’t stop there. Her hope is to reach the £50,000 fundraising mark with her eyes set on the London to Amsterdam bike ride – so watch this space!