Tributes to ‘heart of gold’ Alison

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A WOMAN, who died after a crash with a fire engine, has been described as ‘more precious than gold’ by her mother.

Alison Challis, 37, was pronounced dead at Ipswich Hospital following a collision between her motorcycle and a fire engine in West End Road, Ipswich, at around 6.15pm on Thursday April 28.

Her mother, Valerie, of Lawshall Row, Lawshall – where Alison grew up – said she was a larger than life character who loved riding her motorbike.

She said: “She had a heart of gold and I was so proud of her.She had a vibrancy and lust for life. She lived life in the fast lane and always wanted to be the best at everything. I loved her so much and she was more precious than gold.”

Valerie said that Alison had lived in Lawshall all her life, before moving to Ipswich eight years ago to live with her partner, Colin Chandler.

She had regularly returned to her childhood home, where she still had many friends, and often went to visit her grandparents in Shimpling.

Valerie said: “She loved her motorbike, but it terrified us. Colin had two sons, Nathan and Daniel, a,nd she loved them and they adored her. He treated her like a princess and is in pieces.

She added that Alison who had worked as a computer contractor, enjoyed writing and playing the piano and was learning Polish and Russian.

“She was an intellectual and had a brilliant mind. We had so many happy times.”

A celebration of Alison’s life attended by friends and family took place at West Suffolk Crematorium in Risby on Thursday, May 12.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said the fire engine involved was not responding to an emergency call at the time of the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has more information should contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.