A much-loved woman from Rugby who touched the hearts of hundreds of people has lost her brave battle with cancer.
Christine Addison, 36, was surrounded by her loved ones when she died at home on Sunday.
She defied doctors with her determination to stay alive and even managed to take part in last year’s Rugby Race for Life with a large team of supporters known as ‘Christine’s Crew’.
So far, Christine and her fundraisers have raised more than £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Her original target was £3,000.
Scores of people have left moving messages on her Facebook page.
Words describing Christine include ‘beautiful’, ‘kind’, ‘selfless’ ‘fun’ and ‘inspirational’.
Her twin, Rachel Hoggins, this week paid tribute to her sister and said at last she was at peace.
She said: “Christine was an amazing sister to me.
“She was an amazing person with lots of friends.
“Christine gave me so much love and strength and fought her battle until she could take no more.”
Rachel said life will never be the same without Christine, who was determined to beat breast cancer after being diagnosed in April 2012.
She added: “As her identical twin, my life will be so empty without her.
“I’m just so glad she got her final wish and that was to die at home and not in hospital.”
The family praised Macmillan Cancer Support and Myton at Home.
“They have been amazing along with the wonderful district nurses. Without all of them, our journey would’ve been a lot more difficult.”
Christine, who spent Christmas and New Year with her family, was married to Ian.
He said: “She was a wonderful wife, she will leave a massive hole in my life.”
Her brother, Andrew Maton, said: “Selfless, caring, loving, fun are words that seem inadequate to describe my beautiful little sister.”
Money will still be raised by members of Christine’s Crew to help fund research into the disease.
The funeral takes place at Rainsbrook Crematorium, Ashlawn Road, Rugby on Friday, January 30 at 2pm.
The theme is ‘a touch of pink’. The family have requested immediate family flowers only.
Donations, if desired, can be made to Christine’s Crew in aid of Cancer Research UK.