Family pay tribute to mother who refused to let disease stop her raising money for charity

2 Pink Ladies launch at St Nicholas Hospice Bury St Edmunds. 08/10/2008'Pictures : George Impey 07957 145224'NO PUBLICATION WITHOUT PERMISSION
2 Pink Ladies launch at St Nicholas Hospice Bury St Edmunds. 08/10/2008'Pictures : George Impey 07957 145224'NO PUBLICATION WITHOUT PERMISSION
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A family has paid tribute to a Bradfield St George woman whose mantra in life was ‘live, love laugh’ and to whom friends and family were everything.

Suzanne ‘Suzie’ Rush, 48, died at home last Thursday following a four-year journey with motor neurone disease (MND).

Her mother, Jenny Large, said: “A lot of people will miss her. She always made people smile and laugh, even in the most difficult circumstances, and she looked effortlessly beautiful, right to the end.”

Suzie grew up in Thetford and went to Culford School, before training in health and beauty at Champneys.

She had twin sons Guy and Miles, 25, and daughter Camilla, 21, before becoming a senior health and beauty lecturer at West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds.

Camilla said: “She was the best mum in the world.”

Following her diagnosis in 2008, Suzie undertook an epic fund-raising challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, inspired by the help it had given her family as a result of her sister Rosie’s battle with MND.

“She had to make MND her friend – she made a friend of her illness,” said husband Mark, adding that Suzie was a courageous person, who lived all aspects of her life with passion and enthusiasm.

So, in October 2008, Suzie and best friend Debs Turpin set off on their Two Pink Ladies Challenge, travelling from John O’Groats to Land’s End on pink quad bikes, and raised £30,000.

Guy said: “She always thought of the hospice as a place to rest and recuperate. She thought of it as her ‘home’.”

Miles said: “She always put people first above anything else. Even when the disease got worse, she would say ‘I am so lucky’. She’d say she had so many friends and family. To her, friends and family were the most important things in life.”

It was Suzie’s last physical charity challenge but she has continued to inspire others.

A charity Two Pink Ladies ball, organised by her children and those of Rosie and Debs, will take place at Alpheton Hall Barns on November 24.

For details, email thet wopinkladiesball@gmail.com

The funeral will take place at 2pm on Wednesday at St Edmudsbury Cathedral, followed by a private cremation. All are welcome. Mourning attire is not necessary but a touch of pink is welcome. Family flowers only. Donations to the hospice or MND Association to L Fulcher, 80 Whiting Street, Bury.