A young and healthy mother-of-two died after collapsing while teaching a fitness class.
Katy Hancock, 32, from Witchford in Cambridge, suffered a fatal brain aneurysm – or bleed – while leading a fitness ‘bounce’ class.
The primary school teacher collapsed on January 25, and passed away on February 1 after spending a week in hospital.
She leaves behind a husband, Edd, and two children – Dylan, four, and Taylor, two.
Yesterday her grieving father Chris Taylor paid tribute to her, describing her as ‘extremely lively and active,’ and ‘incredibly funny.’
Katy Hancock, 32, from Witchford in Cambridge, suffered a fatal brain aneurysm – or bleed – while leading a fitness ‘bounce’ class
Katy with her husband Edd and their two children, Dylan, four, and Taylor, two, at her sister’s wedding
Her told CambridgeshireLive: ‘She was extremely lively and active and incredibly funny.
‘She was really witty, she took the mickey all the time and was infrequently serious about things. ‘
Katy was described as a devoted mum who involved her two kids in her active lifestyle, taking them cycling and canoeing.
Friends and family of Katy’s including her husband Edd have so far raised a huge £19,500 to help the family – more than four times the original goal of £5,000.
Katy was described as a devoted mum who involved her two sons in her active lifestyle
The primary school teacher passed away on February 1. From L-R: Hannah, Sian (older twin sisters)
Chris added: ‘I want to put a message out there to thank everyone who’s made a donation – we’re overwhelmed by that and massively grateful.
‘Katy was a light in terms of her personality, she was always having last word and was generally quite forthright on things.
‘She used to enjoy herself a lot and then when she settled down, she became the most natural mum to her two kids.’
He said that the the impact on the children at Katy’s school had been ‘massive’ with many struggling after hearing the news.
He said: ‘Overall, we’ve been overwhelmed by the response and with flowers, it was like Kew Gardens.
‘We own a pub in the Cambridge area and it was awash with flowers and Edd’s house too, we couldn’t move for flowers.
‘She was even more popular than I realised she was, and I thought she was popular – I’m surprised by the number of people who have popped up in the comments and that sort of thing.’