Lorraine, 43, dies after brave struggle

PUBLISHED: 16:17 04 August 2006 | UPDATED: 22:02 28 May 2010

Lorraine Collins

Lorraine Collins

A LONG, brave fight against cancer ended on Monday afternoon for March mother of two Lorraine Collins, who died, aged 43, at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Lorraine, married to purchasing manager Stephen Collins, lived at Monument View, March. They hav

A LONG, brave fight against cancer ended on Monday afternoon for March mother of two Lorraine

Collins, who died, aged 43, at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

Lorraine, married to purchasing manager Stephen Collins, lived at Monument View, March. They have two daughters, Lucy, 15, and Stephanie, 11.

Lorraine was first diagnosed four years ago with breast cancer. She recovered well from continuous treatment to lead an active and happy life, but in August last year she was diagnosed with leukaemia.

She had spells in Peterborough District Hospital and about a month ago underwent a bone marrow transplant in Addenbrookes where she died on

Monday afternoon.

Lorraine was the younger daughter of Bill and Brenda Bradshaw, of Fenland Close, Wimblington.

She had always taken a lively interest in music and at one time was a regular performer in the dance shows staged by Lisa Dickinson at March. Her daughters show promise of following in her footsteps.

And Lorraine had a particular memorable moment as a teenager when she won a beauty contest in Weymouth.

She had worked in the town at various times for D H Dobson (Outfitters),

Rosemary's Hairdressers, and for some years as a part-time assistant at Kiboko, the children's outfitters.

Lorraine's primary interests, though, were her children's and husband's welfare and the couple attended together many shows in which their daughters were dancing and singing at the Youth and Community Centre or Neale-Wade Community College.

Lorraine was educated at the March South District Infants School, Burrowmoor School and the old Hereward School. In her younger days she also attended the Sunday School in Wimblington.

The funeral service takes place on Thursday August 10 at St Wendreda's Church, March (11am). There will be family flowers only.

Donations if desired to the oncology unit at Peterborough District Hospital.

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