Tributes have been paid to a ‘caring and generous’ swimming and fitness instructor who has died aged 49.
Judith Lindley-Neilson gave swimming lessons to all ages through her club ‘h2go-swim’ at Moreton Hall Health Club, in Bury St Edmunds, where she also served as a fitness instructor.
The mother of two, of Thurston, passed away following a two year battle with eye cancer.
Business partner and friend Sue Brown, who launched ‘h2go-swim’ with her 10 years ago, said: “As a person she had time for everyone and as a friend she had a unique way of making you feel of value. She was very happy and positive and loved partying and dancing.
“She was very generous with her time and caring. She had a passion for water which was where she felt very comfortable and she really enjoyed seeing people achieve.
“Judith loved Moreton Hall Health Club. It was like a second home to her. Even on her days off she popped in for a coffee.”
Recently the swimming club introduced open water swimming for adults and a project known as Flip and Float, which offers self rescue techniques to children.
Ms Lindley-Neilson was also a member of national charity Victim Support offering help and guidance to those in need.
She had a degree in interior design and another in psychology.
Two years ago she was diagnosed with cancer after a routine eye test. Miss Brown said: “She was so brave, continued to teach and was always there for everyone else.”
Following her diagnosis Ms Lindley-Neilson was adamant in encouraging others to have their eyes tested.
From January 1, which would have been her 50th birthday, her friends and family will launch a year of fund-raising for her two favourite charities the Teenage Cancer Trust and WaterAid.
She leaves her civil partner Sarah and two children Franklin and Catherine. Her funeral will be held at Great Barton Church on Tuesday November 6 at 11am.