Friends gather at Grimsby Rugby Club in memory of Karen Prudhoe
CANDLES with the initials KP were lit in memory of much-loved Karen Prudhoe.
Friends and family of the 33-year-old beauty therapist, who died a year ago, gathered at Grimsby Rugby Club to remember the "warm and loving young woman who touched everyone's lives".
As reported, Karen, of Humberstone Road, Grimsby, lost her battle with breast cancer on September 26, 2011.
Close friends wrote moving tributes in a book illustrated by photographs of places around the world where her friend, Le-arna Bryant, had scattered some of her ashes.
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It had been Karen's wish to travel the world and stewardess Le-arna stopped in Thailand, India, New Zealand, Croatia, France, Ibiza and Italy.
The album was presented to Karen's parents, Dennis and Beryl.
Dennis said: "Karen's friends have been absolutely brilliant. They call on us and pop in regularly, and have given us support all the time. They are all very special people to us."
A 32-minute video slide show set to some of Karen's favourite songs was compiled by Nigel Hollington, the partner of one of Karen's best friends, Marianne Miller.
Nigel said: "She was so warm and loving. She got that from her mum and dad. They are the most fantastic people I have met in my life."
Marianne added: "I met her through a talk she gave about cancer when she came to the rugby club. Club members posed for a naked calendar which raised money for the hospice.
"She carried on doing things for others and spreading awareness of cancer even though she was very poorly. She organised barbecues when she was ill and she never let it beat her.
"If she was struggling to get around she adapted with her wheelchair."
Other close pals, who studied beauty therapy at Grimsby Institute with Karen, paid their tributes as Everlong, by the Foo Fighters, Heaven, by Do, and Angels, by Robbie Williams, played.
Many of them have raised money for St Andrew's Hospice, where Karen was cared for.
Hazel Reeve, who ran the Race for Life in Cleethorpes in her memory, said: "We have all done something to make people more aware of cancer. She brought a lot of people together."
Fundraisers come together to collect cash for Macmillan Cancer Support – see page 10.