Memorial tribute to caring Alison

A MEMORIAL day is being held for Alison Prince, from Huntingdon, a mother of five who died last month. The day, including a concert and disco, will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Mrs Prince, 48, of Bevan Close, Huntingdon, died on February 9. She

A MEMORIAL day is being held for Alison Prince, from Huntingdon, a mother of five who died last month.

The day, including a concert and disco, will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

Mrs Prince, 48, of Bevan Close, Huntingdon, died on February 9.

She had taken a degree in nursing at Bedfordshire University but was diagnosed with cervical cancer halfway through the four-year course.

She took a year out before returning to graduate. However, after five weeks at work she became too ill to continue.

Her husband Nigel said at the end of January they had been told she might have up to two years to live but she died two weeks later.

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He said: "She said 'I love you and I love the kids' and she died."

The tribute concert is being held by the Greater Peterborough Motorcycle Riders' Club on Sunday. Mrs Prince's eldest son, Neil McBride, will play drums in one of the bands, Run Don't Walk.

At her funeral on Monday last week, an escort of eight motorbikes was part of the cortege. There was a procession of 20 cars and 100 mourners at Cambridge Crematorium.

Mrs Prince was a keen member of the bikers' club, riding a Yamaha 125, and she organised charity events, including the the Easter egg run and Christmas toy train delivering chocolate and toys to children at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge. She also helped to organise the club's April show.

Mrs Prince had been a widow with five children, one only 18 months old when she met Nigel, 13 years ago.

Mr Prince said: "Bringing up the children, she always put them first. Her friends told me that there had been times as a single mum when she would go without food so there was enough for the children.

"She was a happy, bubbly person and she always put other people in front of herself. She would be the first person to stop if we saw a road accident when we were out on the bike. It was partly her nursing training but also the kind of person she was.

"She was always honest in her opinions - if she thought something was wrong she would say so and people loved her for it.

"After she graduated from her nursing course in 2006, she organised a ball for other people on the course. She loved making other people happy."

Sheila McGrath, president of the Greater Peterborough Motorcycle Riders' Club, said: "Alison was a bubbly, very jolly person. We have lost a very good member of our club."

Mrs Prince leaves sons Neil, 28, Robert, 26, Steven, 24, and daughters, Hayley, 22, and Gemma ,15.

INFORMATION: The Alison Prince Charity Day is on Sunday at The ­Peacock Pub, 26 London Road, Peterborough from 2pm-midnight. Entry is free. Contact Sheila McGrath on 07951 191402.

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